UGA's Kirby Smart reflects on Terrell Davis as he enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame

ATHENS, Ga. -- Back during Kirby Smart's playing days at Georgia, there was a running back by the name of Terrell Davis that helped the young defensive back get his footing.

Smart was mistaken as a walk-on kicker in the locker room as a young freshman, but that didn't make Davis-- who would in just a few years time become a superstar-- treat him any differently.

"I can still remember my first day here. My locker was over near his, and of course everybody thought I was a walk-on kicker when I first got here," Smart said. "He kind of took me under his wing and took me out to practice."

Now two decades later, Davis is entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio along with Morten Andersen, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner.

Davis will be the third member of the Hall of Fame to play at Georgia. He joins Fran Tarkenton and Charley Trippi as the only other 'Dawgs in the Hall.

Davis was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1995 and played there until 2001. He won two Super Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP award and is still the team's all-time leading rusher. 

Before that, he played four seasons for Georgia and became the starting tailback in 1993. He had 1,919 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in four seasons.

"Of course for me at that time he was Terrell Davis," Smart said. "He wasn’t T.D., the Super Bowl MVP. He wasn’t all that."

Smart and Davis, while their time together at Georgia was short, kept a relationship through the years. 

Davis, who is a broadcaster on NFL Network, runs into Smart at Pro Days nearly every year.

Smart is just thrilled to have him represent the program while receiving one of the highest honors a football player dreams of getting, a gold jacket.

"We’re just happy to have him be a Dog," Smart said. "He represents 'Dawg nation the right way."

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