John - 6/13/2006, 1:30 PM - Victims
First Commercial: 1998 Last: Not long thereafter
Sometime in the late 1990s, Chunky Soup turned malevolent. For years it had been endorsed by stars like Howie Long, and Howie had a full and wonderful life.
Science and religion still compete to explain why it happened: why did Chunky Soup decided to ruin Terrell Davis, star halfback for the Denver Broncos?
Davis had been a savior. He took a team with a committed loser at quarterback, John Elway, and convinced them to never let him throw the ball.
The Broncos were like a paving crew over two consecutive Super Bowl seasons. Defeating Brett Favre and some other guys in 1997 and then defeating a team that wore black, came from Atlanta and lied about playing so-called "professional" football in 1998.
Then it happened.
The first victim of the Chunky Soup Curse
It was almost contrary. Davis standing next to a can of ... Classic Chicken Noodle?
Doesn't Chicken Noodle make you get ... BETTER?
Not if it is Campbell's Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle soup.
For Terrell Davis it meant a painful series of knee injuries. The team tried to be decent. They held on to Davis for three more years. In the NFL, that's loyalty.
After the 2001 campaign, though, the Denver Broncos thanked Davis for the best early career of any back since Earl Campbell ... and then promptly told him to go join Earl.
Terrell Davis disappeared, never to be seen again. In 2006, Michigan police searched a farm outside Pontiac, hoping to find clues to the whereabouts of the missing halfback.
Claims have surfaced he may be working as on the NFL Network. I don't watch that much TV, so I'm still going to assume Davis bought a private island is is building his own micro-state that prints dollar bills in orange and blue.