Q&A with Former Denver Broncos Running Back Terrell Davis at Legends on Friday
Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis stopped by Kirkeby-Over Stadium at Augustana on Friday afternoon to play football with kids of all ages.
Davis won two Super Bowl’s and played from 1995 to 2001 with the Denver Broncos. He rushed for over 7,607 career yards, and 60 touchdowns.
ESPN 99.1′s Sam Tastad had the chance to catch up with Davis and ask him some questions.
ST: Favorite moments playing professional football?
TD: “Obviously, winning two championships, but I guess more detailed would be the last play of our first Super Bowl when Brett Favre was trying to run down the field and score the game-tying touchdown. I just remember John Mobley jumping in front of his pass, and I think it was like 4th-and-3, and he knocks the ball down, and that moment, I will never forget the emotions that ran through my body as the game was basically over and it sort of signified that we had just won a championship.”
ST: What was it like winning back-to-back Super Bowl’s?
TD: “Kind of hard to describe, but it was awesome, man! That’s what you play the game for, to win championships. You get a chance to win one, and then, you work even harder the second time to accomplish that and finally get it done, and it’s like ‘BAM!” I look back on those years and I have a greater appreciation for it now that there is not a lot of teams that have done it.”
ST: What do you love about giving back to kids at events like Sanford Legends?
TD: “I was that kid before. I was that kid on the field, you know, not knowing how life was going to play out and really not worrying about bills or anything. Guys helped me out, whether it was coaches or teachers, whoever it is. We’ve had people that have always extended our hands out to me and helped me get to where I am. So, I’ve always felt, if I was ever successful at anything, I was going to always give back. It’s easy for me to give back to children. They’re young, they want to learn, have not been tainted, they don’t understand money and how it works, and they play whatever they play for the love of the game. It’s always fun to work with kids.”
ST: What advice would you give to young football players?
TD: Really the main thing for me, is always have fun. The game is meant to be played to have fun doing it and if you’re not having fun doing it, you might want to try something else because at the end of the day that’s what it is all about. We all play the game because we love playing the game and enjoyed playing it. So, don’t play for any other reason. Don’t play because you’re dad played it and wants you to be a pro football player because you’re not going to enjoy it.”
ST: Why should kids get involved and play sports, and football?
TD: “Because there’s so many lessons you can learn from sports. Sports is great because these kids can take lessons and apply it to their lives. They are going to go through ups and downs, and work with people they don’t like or have anything in common with to achieve a goal. There’s so many things kids can learn and apply to their lives. I don’t care if it’s football, baseball, basketball, or tennis. Always feel like it’s going to teach you how to be competitive. It’s also going to teach you how to deal with losing and how to deal with winning.”
ST: What should parents know when they sign their kids up for football?
TD: “Know that the game is safe and I know they put a lot about head injuries, but it’s a safe game and as along as they are having coaches that are coaching right who are trained and understand how kids are supposed to play the game, they should be fine.”
ST: What’s the state of the NFL regarding player safety?
TD: “I think it’s healthy, and about as healthy as it’s ever been.”
ST: Chances for the Denver Broncos to make the Super Bowl next year after losing to the Seattle Seahawks this year?
TD: “That’s tough, man. They seemed to have gotten better on paper, and have a good shot at making it, but they’ve been good for the last three years, and at some point, they are going to hit a wall where that window is going to close. They have to get it done this year. That’s what my thought is. They have to find a way to get over that hump this year.”
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