Despite only playing for seven seasons, the Pro Football Hall of Fame didn’t overlook Terrell Davis. Now that his long wait for enshrinement is over, the Denver Broncos legend is advocating for a former South Carolina wide receiver who had a similar shortened career to earn a bust in Canton, OH.
The one-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP said at a press conference on Thursday that he believes Sterling Sharpe deserves serious consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Just like Davis, Sharpe’s career was cut short to seven seasons due to a neck injury in 1994 while with the Green Bay Packers. When Sharpe was on the field, he performed at an elite level, recording five 1,000-yard seasons while also leading the NFL in receptions (three times), touchdowns (two times) and yards.
TD had some lofty praise for Sharpe while also expressing his empathy, according to the transcription from Pro Football Talk reporter Charean Williams.
“Certainly, Sterling Sharpe’s name should be mentioned with the Hall of Fame, and a lot of people believe before Sterling got hurt — if he didn’t get hurt, this man would have been probably one of the greatest wide receivers to have played the game, and I agree with that,” Davis said. “I’m always going to root for the guys whose careers are probably taking a knock because they didn’t play long enough, because I know how that feels. But I think things are changing, and I think mentality and the attitude toward the longevity is starting to shift a little bit and I’m happy to see that.”
Sharpe racked up 169 receptions, 2,497 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns during his decorated South Carolina career.
Sharpe’s No. 2 jersey was retired by the Gamecocks while he was still on the team in 1987. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Hopefully, the induction of Davis opens the floodgates for Sharpe and other worthy candidates who didn’t get to finish their careers on their own terms.