DENVER (CBS4) – It was a blast from the not-so-distant past as former Denver Broncos star running back Terrell Davis stopped by CBS4 studios to be the guest on Xfinity Monday Live! He touched on various topics such as Peyton Manning, the state of the running back situation, and his signature barbecue sauce.
Davis said when he’s not selling his sauce he’s just trying to stay active.
“I’m just trying to keep my mind and my body active,” Davis said. “The tough part about it is that physically I’m sort of limited. I can only work out for so long before I start to really feel the effects.”
The “effects” he was speaking of are the effects of playing football for many years.
“There’s no doubt about it; playing football and how tough it is on the body afterwards. I used to hear about guys who played saying how difficult it is getting up in the morning, and now I’m experiencing it; those same effects.”
On Monday the entire team took the field for the first minicamp at Broncos headquarters and it was clear that Manning ran the practice — he plays and he coaches on the sideline. CBS4’s Vic Lombardi asked Davis if he remembered John Elway doing any of the things Manning has been doing during practice.
“I have not seen it the way Peyton Manning is doing it, especial in OTAs. It’s the first day getting together with your receivers and try to really get to know each other,” Davis said. “What he’s doing is establishing what they’re going to do throughout the entire season, which is great.”
Davis said Elway was like that, but not as vocal.
“John was more of a guy that if you made a mistake he’d probably pull you to the side when you walk back to the huddle and he’d let you know then.”
The running back position should be interesting for the Broncos this season. They drafted Ronnie Hillman and have two others returning to the team. Knowshon Moreno is coming back from a knee injury and Willis McGahee is coming off a great season. Davis said he thinks all three should make the team.
“Willis McGahee had an outstanding year last year, but he’s up there, he’s in his 11th year, so he’s got some wear-and-tear on his tires. But Knowshon Moreno tore his ACL last year; you’ve got to have some depth at that position. Last year you saw when Knowshon went down they didn’t really have that depth.”
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Davis said he’s watched Hillman play quite a bit and really likes how he runs the ball.
“I was actually pleasantly pleased with that selection. I’ve always said to get another young running back in that backfield is what Denver needed, so they got that guy.”
Mark Schlereth has his “Stinkin” Good Chile, Ed McCaffrey has his Rocky Mountain Dijon Mustard, and Davis has his Mile High Salute Barb-B-Que Sauce. The sauce has been out for about a year.
“I wanted to do something that people could have every day, have fun with it, put it around during football game parties, and at the same time be able to give back to charities,” Davis said.
Some of the proceeds from every bottle of sauce sold goes to the Food Bank of the Rockies and a charity called Project Touch, a nonprofit homeless outreach that provides assistance to homeless and under resourced.
On Saturday morning Davis will be visiting several metro area King Soopers stores from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. promoting his sauce. Follow him on Twitter (@Terrell_Davis) to find out where he will be and get a free taste.
Watch more of the video with Terrell Davis in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.
– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com