The fourth speaker was Terrell Davis.  The former Denver Broncos Super Bowl MVP and two-time NFL Offensive Player Of The Year rushed for 1,538 yards in 1997, 1,750 yards in 1998, and over 2,000 yards in 1999.  Injuries cut his career short.  Therefore, in essence, he is this generation’s Gale Sayers – a transcendent superstar for a very short period of time.

The following are 2017 NFL Hall Of Fame Leadership Quotes And Lessons From Terrell Davis:

  1. The overwhelming feeling running through my body today is gratitude.
  2. Playing football provided me a way to gain my dad’s approval.
  3. It’s inevitable in life, with success comes setbacks and in these moments our will and character are tested.
  4. God is good.
  5. We played as a team.  We won as a team.
  6. I don’t know how you did it mom.  You clothed us.  You fed us and you never left anybody behind.
  7. My mantra – Do and be my best.
  8. Everything in life has a price.  The question is what price are you willing to pay?  The price to quit on our dreams or the price to do whatever it takes to fulfill our vision.
  9. Never quit and knows God’s hand is on the small of our back supporting, propelling, and guiding us forward.

LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards (5th most all-time) and had 162 touchdowns (3rd most all-time) during his career.  His 31 touchdowns in 2006 is the NFL single-season record.

The following are 2017 NFL Hall Of Fame Leadership Quotes And Lessons From LaDainian Tomlinson:

  1. Football has given me so much.
  2. Our responsibility extends beyond the football field.
  3. To play in the NFL is an honor, a privilege.  Not simply a right.
  4. The principle reason I’m standing here is God who gave me my ability, my purpose.  Since I was a child I’ve had a very personal relationship with God.
  5. At 14 (my pastor) offering me a prophecy that said if I continue to honor Him God would take me places I would never imagine.
  6. What made TCU so special was it combined academic rigor with Christian values and family values.
  7. Be part of the solution.  Be part of the change.
  8. I give you (his children) a good name.  You represent the next generation of this great name.
  9. I grew up on the land of a former slave plantation.  It is where my great-great-great grandfather tilled the soil.
  10. My name begins with the man who owned my great-great-great grandfather.  Now it is proudly carried by me, my children, and my extended family.
  11. God chose me to bring two races together under one last name – Tomlinson.
  12. I’m a mixed race and I represent America.
  13. Football is a microcosm of America – all races, religions, and creeds living, playing, competing side by side.
  14. I advocate we become Team America.
  15. On America’s Team, let’s not choose to be against one another.
  16. We all have to try harder, show up, dive in and stay at it.

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