Former Horned Frog running back Kenneth Davis is one of six Big 12 representatives whose name has been announced on the ballet for possible December 2016 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Among over 100 players and a couple dozen coaches announced for the January 2016 ballot, the five other Big 12 schools included....don't stand a chance, obviously. Over 12,000 National Football Foundation members, plus current Hall of Famers, will vote electronically. The 2016 class will be announced Jan 8, 2016 In Scottsdale AZ at the media hotel for the CFP National Championship Game, and the inductees will participate in the coin toss for the game three days later. Davis would join the less than 1,000 players who have been inducted to the CF Hall of Fame from among over 5 million who have played college football since 1869.
During Davis's years at TCU 1982-85, his Junior year was his most productive, He had the third most rushing yards in the NCAA that season at 1,611, a TCU school record that stood for 15 years until LaDainian Tomlinson broke it in 1999 by a couple lengths of the field. Combined with 16 touchdowns, that earned Davis selection as a first team All-American (one prerequisite for CF Hall of Fame eligibility) and the fifth highest number of votes for the Heisman Trophy in 1984.
Davis was picked by the Packers in the second round of the 1986 draft, and played three seasons in Green Bay. He was the Packers' leading rusher his rookie and second seasons, but had injury trouble the third. Davis then signed with the Buffalo Bills and played six seasons there, including four consecutive Super Bowls, albeit all losses, 1990-93. In the '92 playoffs, stepping up for injured running back Thurman Thomas, Davis was instrumental in "The Comeback" against the Houston Oilers, overcoming a 35-3 score in the third quarter to win the game 41-38 in OT. Davis retired from the NFL in 1995, and is the former head football coach and current Athletic Director at a private high school in Dallas.
I was lucky enough to visit the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta earlier this year, and of course picked TCU as the team for my Fan Pass. This customizes certain exhibits to focus on the team of your choice, including getting to sing along with your school's Fight Song while everyone watches on giant screen!. I also made sure to check out the Tailgating exhibit that features a large photo of the TCU* Frogmobile (*Tailgate Command Unit). I'm hoping to go back after 2016 and get updated on the career of Horned Frog Kenneth Davis. Good luck, Ken!