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Broncos' Davis reveals he forgot to take medicine before Super Bowl
Posted: Sunday August 23, 1998 04:54 PM
DENVER (AP) -- Denver Bronco running back Terrell Davis, in a book titled 'TD: Dreams in Motion,' admits he had to be pulled briefly from last year's Super Bowl because he forgot to take his headache medicine on time.
Davis said he "had fumbled even before" the game started. "I'd forgotten to take my preventive migraine medicine, Indocin, which I consider my own little MVP -- Most Valuable Preventer."
Excerpts of the book were published in Sunday's Denver Post, and it goes on sale Friday.
Davis had been plagued by headaches much of his life, but the Broncos trainers and doctors had determined that the medication would prevent them from recurring.
Davis, who returned to the Super Bowl and scored three touchdowns en route to being named MVP, said he had conscientiously followed the doctor's orders "to make sure I would never have to see cross-eyed in a football game again. It had worked."
In the book, co-written by Adam Schefter of The Denver Post, Davis said he realized minutes before game time that he had forgotten the pill. "I threw the Indocin in my mouth, swallowed as fast as humanely possible, but my mind was messed up. I was freakin', man."
He knew the medication didn't have enough time to work.
When the pain hit at the end of the first quarter it wasn't because of a hard hit from the Packers. "... I was responsible for it, not the Packers, or any of the hits they'd put on me," said Davis.
Once in the locker room he was given Migranal, and his vision started to return in time for him to play in the second half. And the Broncos went on to win their first Super Bowl in five tries, 31-24, over the Green Bay Packers.
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