Class Of 2017 Visit Hall For August Enshrinement
Three members of the 2017 Class of the Pro Football including Morten Andersen, and Jason Taylor will visit Canton this Monday in preparations for their Enshrinement on August 5, 2017.
This will be their first visit to Canton since they’ve been elected to the Hall. The Enshrinees will experience a warm welcome from Hall of Fame staff, receive an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the museum, meet with different committees to plan for their Enshrinement and talk to members of the media.
All next week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will bring you exclusive content on all the Hall’s media channels of the newest members selected to the Class of 2017. From the time they walk into the building, viewing the new class banner, capture every momentum touring the Hall and a special behind the scenes look at all three future Gold Jackets on the national televised, NFL Network’s Total Access.
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Running back was selected in the sixth round, 196th player overall, of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He graduated from the University of Georgia after transferring from Long Beach State, where he was to be coached by Hall of Famer George Allen, who passed away before Davis’ first game there. He was a semifinalist in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He started for the Broncos his first year and two years later helped lead them to two consecutive Super Bowl championships. He strung together four spectacular seasons before a devastating knee injury, that limited him to just 17 games over his final three seasons, prematurely ending his career, after seven seasons, similar to Hall of Famer Gaye Sayers.
Davis, despite missing the final two games of his rookie campaign with a hamstring tear, eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and also added a career-high 49 receptions for 367 yards in 1995. Davis improved his rushing total in each of the next three seasons. In his second year, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year when he ran for 1,538 yards and 13 TDs. Davis rushed for 1,750 yards and a league-high 15 TDs in 1997; and in 1998 became just the fourth runner in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He gained 2,008 yards and again led the NFL with 21 rushing touchdowns to spark the Broncos to a 14-2 regular season record in route to Denver’s second straight Super Bowl title.
Davis shined in the Broncos biggest games as evidenced by him stringing together a NFL playoff record seven straight 100-yard performances spanning the 1997 and ’98 postseasons capped by Denver winning back-to-back Super Bowls. He opened the 1997 playoffs with a 184-yard effort against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card Game followed by 101 yards versus the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoff and 139 yards rushing yards in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. He then earned MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXII after rushing for 157 yards and three TDs in the Broncos’ 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Davis also scored an incredible 8 rushing touchdowns in that ’97 playoff run.
In the 1998 playoffs, Davis rushed for a franchise-record 199 yards against the Miami Dolphins in the divisional playoff, 167 yards versus the New York Jets in the championship and capped the season with 102 yards in the Broncos’ Super Bowl XXIII victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
A three-time All-Pro selection, Davis rushed for 7,607 yards and 60 TDs in just 78 career games. He added an additional 1,280 yards on 169 career catches and four TD receptions. Davis was elected to three Pro Bowls and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
After finishing a promising career in the NFL, Davis wrote an autobiography, in 1997 entitled : Toughing It Out.
While he added author to his title, Davis also appeared in a host of nationally televised shows that consisted of, Sesame Street and the Disney Chanel’s The Jersey, on Sister, Sister, as well as America’s Game: The Super Bowl.
Davis also joined the broadcast team of the NFL Network from 2006-2009, where he used his expert on-the-field analysis to break the game he once dominated. As a result, Davis re-signed in summer of 2013 for another two years with the NFL Network.
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