After his 2002 retirement, former Denver Bronco running back and all-time leading rusher Terrell Davis fills his time with his family, community outreach and a new barbecue sauce line. Last Saturday, he took the ceremonial first shot at the Denver Outlaws game and DenverBroncos.com had a chance to catch up with the Ring of Fame member.
Do you keep in touch with any of your former teammates?
"I talk to John Mobley. We play golf once in a while. Detron Smith, we still speak. Howard Griffith, Olandis Gary -- I talk to quite a few former teammates. Once I left the game and I was single we were hanging out all the time. But now that I have a family and am going down a different path, I don't have a whole lot of time to hang out with my buddies anymore. The family man thing has kind of taken over. But, I speak to Shannon (Sharpe), and me and John (Elway) talk every once in a while."
Have you talked with Elway about his return to the Broncos?
"He seems excited about it. That role for him is the first time -- except for the role with the Crush -- that he is in a position where he has to be in an executive role and he can't control the outcome of game. I think that is going to be the most frustrating part for him. Looking down, as big of a competitor as he is, not being able to do anything for the team in terms of on the field -- that's almost like being a dad watching your kid play. You know that you could help them if you were to play but he can't play. But be patient, be patient, it will come. You can't change a team overnight."
Did Sharpe entering the Hall of Fame get you thinking about your eligibility?
"I am happy for Shannon. As far as I look at it, I understand my situation. I am not in denial. I know how they see me and my career not being long enough. But I am happy for him and my mentality is this -- if they inducted me into the Hall of Fame, I would be the happiest kid on the block. I would be honored and it would be a tremendous notch on my belt. But if they don't, it doesn't hinder or damper my career or the way I feel about the way I played the game or anything, really. The way I see it is that it could only enhance what I am doing, it could never take away from what I have done. I am actually going (to Canton) and I will be there to wish (Sharpe) luck and enjoy it. I've been in Canton, but I have never been in the actual hall, so I want to go see it and enjoy it. And who knows, maybe when I am 90 years old they will actually induct me. I will enjoy from this perspective until then."
How has your golf game improved since retiring?
"Most retired football players probably think they are pretty good golfers, and some of them are. But, they would tell you they love the game to death. And it's bigger than life to them. They will play that game from sun up to sun down. There is something about the game that allows you to be competitive even though physically you don't necessarily have to be the bigger or smaller guy. That is what is weird about golf, it's a great equalizer. I am decent. I am about a 10 handicap right now, that's decent. I am not great but I am not horrible."
How has your life changed since becoming a father?
"It's wonderful. I have never felt like that. It's a different kind of love, you know? I have never loved anything like I love him, and I never knew I would feel this way about anything. A part of me says that if I had known I would feel this way now I would have had kids earlier but the timing would not have been right. I am blessed to have him. He is amazing. It changes your perspective on life. Ninety percent of things I do now I think about with him in mind. As I go forward with my life, it changes things, it really does. It's definitely a game changer, I will tell you that."
What can you tell us about your foundation, Salute the Kids?
"My foundation is really just a foundation that kind of acts as a holding tank in terms of fund distribution. So, when we have an event those checks go to my foundation. But really my time and effort goes into helping the community out, it disperses the funds through the foundation that we will be working with. The way it works is that from every purchase, every sale, every bottle (of Mile High Salute Barbecue Sauce), we give a portion of that profit to the Salute the Kids Foundation. And then in turn the Salute the Kids Foundation turns around to cut a check to the Food Bank of the Rockies when there is a sufficient amount of money that we have accumulated through sales. Anything we can give back is great. The model is the Newman model. Newman's Own has the model of giving back to charity based on the products they sell. And it's just a wonderful model; we just want to try to copy that and really grow our brand to be as big as Newman's Own. If we can continue to increase our sales and give people a high quality product, I think we will get there. There is no doubt in my mind we will be a No. 1 premium sauce in the Rocky Mountain Region."