No running back has been Super Bowl MVP since Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and three TDs to lead Denver over the Packers in 1998. It’s amazing to think it’s been 18 years since a tailback won it.
What’s more amazing is that he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis is the best postseason runner in modern history. He averaged 142.5 rushing yards in eight playoff games and ran for 100 in seven. His 97.5 yards per-game average in the regular season is third all-time among players with 75 games.
Davis played in only 78 games and had his last big year at 26. But for a three-year stretch from 1996-98, he was as good a back as ever played, rushing for 5,296 yard and 49 touchdowns. That’s more yards and TDs than Gale Sayers had in his career, which was also cut short by bad knees.
Like Sayers, Davis should be judged by his greatness in a career truncated by injury. There are six Hall of Fame running backs who played fewer games. Davis is among the candidates for this year’s Hall class, which will be voted on Saturday. It’s his third straight year in the final 15. Put him in.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
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Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: Win or lose, it’s time for Manning to say goodbye
Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Career numbers for Broncos’ Davis measure up to many of the best