NFL Hall of Fame

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

Who: Kicker Morten An­der­sen; run­ning back Ter­rell Davis; safety Kenny Easley; owner, pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Jerry Jones; de­fen­sive end Ja­son Tay­lor; run­ning back LaDainian Tom­lin­son; and quar­ter­back Kurt Warner. What: En­shrine­ment cer­e­mony

When: 5 p.m. MDT Satur­day Where: Tom Ben­son Hall of Fame Sta­dium, Can­ton, Ohio TV: ESPN and NFL Net­work Story: Davis gets his jacket.

CAN­TON, OHIO» Stamped in­side Ter­rell Davis’ new­est piece of cloth­ing is a patch that reads: “Ter­rell Davis Class of 2017.” Davis, the Bron­cos’ all-time lead­ing rusher and 21st mem­ber of their Ring of Fame, is of­fi­cially a mem­ber of a new class.

On Fri­day evening, Davis and the rest of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 re­ceived their sig­na­ture gold jack­ets in a cer­e­mony at­tended by many mem­bers of years past.

For the 15 years since he re­tired and the 11 since he be­came el­i­gi­ble for the Hall, Davis awaited this mo­ment. Each pass­ing year and all 10 re­jec­tions be­fore made ac­cep­tance into the Hall that much sweeter.

“This is what you look for­ward to — you get the jacket on,” Davis said. “I just tried to have a clear mind about it and not think about any­thing but the mo­ment.”

Af­ter his name was called dur­ing in­tro­duc­tions, tears filled Davis’ eyes as he glanced over at his wife and chil­dren. Then he gave three Mile High Salutes and slowly made his way through “the gaunt­let,” a cat­walk lined by fel­low Hall of Famers.

Shak­ing hand af­ter hand, he made his way to the small stage in the mid­dle of the au­di­to­rium in­side the Can­ton Civic Cen­ter.

“I al­ways get emo­tional when I think about my fam­ily. That was it,” Davis said. “I was pretty good go­ing down the gaunt­let, but then when I got to the end I saw them and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s a happy time. We’re blessed. It was just great to have them there and to see this mo­ment and to share this with them.”

Mo­ments later Davis re­turned to the stage, fol­low­ing a short high­light reel of his seven-year ca­reer. His agent Neil Schwartz stood along­side him, gold jacket in hand. On cue, Schwartz pulled off Davis’ gray suit jacket and slid the mus­tard-gold jacket over his shoul­ders.

“You saw when my jacket came off I was pretty ex­cited to get this jacket on,” Davis said. “When you put it on, it makes it of­fi­cial. I’m a Hall of Famer now.”

John Leyba, The Den­ver Post

Ter­rell Davis smiles as he an­swers ques­tions from the me­dia on Fri­day in Can­ton, Ohio.

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