Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis is a couple weeks from being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In typical T.D. fashion, the former sixth-round draft pick turned heads when he announced who will present him at the enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Despite a lengthy list of outstanding options (his mother, Mike Shanahan, and John Elway to name a few), Davis chose his agent, Neil Schwartz, to be the one who will immortalize him as one of the greatest professional football players of all time.
Schwartz will become the fifth agent to ever receive the honor of presenting a former player into the Hall of Fame.
For Davis, the decision to choose Schwartz was easy. Back in December 1994, the future Super Bowl MVP was an afterthought among NFL scouts and general managers after he earned a reputation for being injury prone at the University of Georgia.
Schwartz still chose to recruit Davis, and during a late-night dinner meeting in New Jersey, the two quickly became friends.
“I remember he and I sat in this diner for like eight hours, and when we came out it was like three or four in the morning,” Davis recently told Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. “And we talked about everything, life, we just had a great connection. And actually what happened was, when we left that diner that night — or really that morning — Neil asked me to promise him something. And I was like, ‘Sure man, whatever.’ And he said, ‘Promise me that when you make it to the Hall of Fame you’ll allow me to present you.’
Davis continued, “Now, he said this way before I was drafted. I had no teams. I had no nothing. I was a guy from Georgia without a whole lot of people clamoring for me, and that showed me that he had confidence in me. And for him to have the confidence to say that, when somebody has that kind of confidence to say that, it was great for me to hear.”
Needless to say, Schwartz’s recruiting pitch to potential future clients just grew stronger.