Hall of Fame Inductee Terrell Davis: God’s Hand Is ‘Supporting, Propelling, and Guiding Us Forward’

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | August 9, 2017 | 10:24 AM EDT

Davis treats fan to an autograph.

New Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis concluded his Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech on Saturday night with a message: “Never quit,” and “know that God’s hand is always on the small of our back supporting, propelling, and guiding us forward.”

Davis, NFL’s 1998 “Most Valuable Player” and Super Bowl XXXII MVP, played seven seasons for the Denver Broncos from 1995-2001. 

“I stand before you as an example that, no matter what, we can achieve if we believe deeply enough. Never quit, and know God’s hand is always on the small of our back supporting, propelling, and guiding us forward,” Davis said.

Davis also explained that he changed his life after God had offered him a “wake up call”:

“At 12 came yet another test. One that brought the greatest pain that I would ever experience. And that was the passing of my father. When he died, a part of me died. I went into a tailspin. I quit playing football. I was failing school. I was clearly a child in crisis. My daily ritual was hanging out with friends and getting into trouble. But, this all came to a screeching halt late one night when I was 14. I found myself literally staring down the barrel of a shotgun. And, thank God, someone talked the guy out of pulling the trigger.”

“When I got home, I laid in my bed, I closed my eyes, and I vividly relived every moment over and over again. I spoke out loud to God and I promised that I would never find myself in that situation again. I know that I had to change my life. God had offered me a wake up call.

“I couldn’t simply say wrong number and hang up. I had to answer that call. That night I determined that I would walk away from the irresponsible life I’ve been living, forever.”

Davis recalled how, while he was playing college football at Long Beach State, the school’s football program was cancelled – but, he preserved and ended up playing for the University of Georgia:

“Now keep in mind, up to this point, I lost a parent, battled through migraines and found myself staring down the barrel of a shotgun. And, overnight, my college football program was gone. But here I am playing for a program with the prestige and tradition of [the University of Georgia]. God is good.”

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