Originally created 01/31/98

Davis and Broncos' all-star teammates have one last game



HONOLULU -- There was the trip to Disneyland, an appearance on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," the parade in Denver, a steady stream of interviews, then the long flight to Hawaii.

And for Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, there's one detail remaining -- another football game.

"I haven't had any time at all," Davis said. "It's cool because it means you've done something special. But it's very tiring."

The Denver running back is one of four Broncos on the AFC all-stars for Sunday's Pro Bowl. Tight end Shannon Sharpe, defensive end Neil Smith and center Tom Nalen are the others representing the Super Bowl champions.

Quarterback John Elway was supposed to start for the AFC, but he withdrew because he faces minor surgery on his right shoulder.

Davis, who will join Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis in the AFC's starting backfield, ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos' 31-24 upset of Green Bay last Sunday.

In the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row, he was the AFC's rushing leader during the regular season with 1,750 yards, then added 581 yards during a spectacular four-game postseason.

Davis said the media blitz after the Super Bowl has worn him out.

"I'm not the kind of guy who likes all the attention," he said. "It all gets redundant after a while. And it doesn't fit my personality."

Even after he plays in the Pro Bowl, he doesn't expect to get much rest for a while.

"There are a lot of things planned back home," he said.

The other Broncos' all-stars also appeared exhausted by the time they got to Honolulu.

"I'm tired. I just played in the biggest game there is and we won it," Sharpe said. "This will be my 26th game.

"It's been hectic, but worth it."

Despite being weary, Sharpe, who had five receptions in the Super Bowl, didn't consider passing up the Pro Bowl.

"It's important to show the fans, the coaches and your peers who voted you into the Pro Bowl that you are thankful for it," he said. "It's a great honor to be selected."

While the Broncos' victory ended the NFC's 13-year hold on the NFL championship, the AFC has fared better in the all-star game in recent years. The NFC has a 15-12 lead in the series, but the AFC won 26-23 in overtime last year, and the conferences have alternated victories for the past eight years.

Sharpe said the Pro Bowl is more intense than people think.

"You might joke around early in the game, but when it comes down to it, you do what you need to do to win," he said. "I'm here to help the AFC win."