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LRtagger
05-17-2012, 11:18 AM
23rd member of the ROF

http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Rod-Smith-to-Ring-of-Fame/ff8ab330-f1b9-42fd-99cf-0eca728d4d3d

enjolras
05-17-2012, 11:20 AM
Well deserved!

TheElusiveKyleOrton
05-17-2012, 11:26 AM
That. Is. Awesome.

oubronco
05-17-2012, 11:28 AM
Happy B Day!!!

http://ph.cdn.photos.upi.com/collection/upi/16ff83a6a7850bb40364f173401209fd/-Denver-Broncos-Cheerleaders-Perform-in-Denver_9.jpg

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:29 AM
sweet!

ColoradoDarin
05-17-2012, 11:29 AM
AWESOME! Congrats Rod, well deserved!

McDman
05-17-2012, 11:29 AM
Alright!

Retire #30!!!
05-17-2012, 11:30 AM
I hope my man Al Wilson could get there someday but I doubt it.

g6matty
05-17-2012, 11:31 AM
classy move by manning

BroncoMan4ever
05-17-2012, 11:32 AM
Happy B Day!!!

http://ph.cdn.photos.upi.com/collection/upi/16ff83a6a7850bb40364f173401209fd/-Denver-Broncos-Cheerleaders-Perform-in-Denver_9.jpg

i completely just forgot what this thread was about.

Rohirrim
05-17-2012, 11:36 AM
Excellent! I still have my #80 jersey hanging in the closet.

Heyneck
05-17-2012, 11:38 AM
My favorite Bronco from the 2000s!!! Go 80!!!

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:41 AM
http://cache1.asset-cache.net/xc/55780065.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921F7C3FC3F69D929FDECF5C35983481FB7 64EDC4182BF2AE5AD6BA465CA7705883

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:42 AM
http://ph.cdn.photos.upi.com/topic_photo/Rod_Smith/24e23b269da7411fe38cf7d15b2cbd36/

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:42 AM
http://weekendroady.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/rodsmith.jpg

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:43 AM
http://img.printstown.com/sportingnews/1999_02_08_DENVER_BRONCOS_SUPERBOWL_LARGE.JPG

ppablo
05-17-2012, 11:44 AM
Congrats to Hot Rod!

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:45 AM
http://www.denverbroncos.com/assets/images/imported/DEN/photos/article-images/2011/09-September/110928_smith_inside.jpg

ludo21
05-17-2012, 11:48 AM
next stop.........................

The HOF!!

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 11:51 AM
:strong:

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 12:05 PM
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BigPlayShay
05-17-2012, 12:06 PM
Trivia: Name the 2 Broncos that caught a pass from Rod Smith.

ppablo
05-17-2012, 12:08 PM
Trivia: Name the 2 Broncos that caught a pass from Rod Smith.

I know Elway was one of them... can't come up with the other?

Smiling Assassin27
05-17-2012, 12:15 PM
I know Elway was one of them... can't come up with the other?

my guess is portis.

BigPlayShay
05-17-2012, 12:19 PM
my guess is portis.

Bingo, Elway in 98, and Portis in 03.

Bigdawg26
05-17-2012, 12:55 PM
That's great!

broncosteven
05-17-2012, 12:59 PM
The ring of Fame just got better!

I still have my signed 80 framed in my office.

gyldenlove
05-17-2012, 01:01 PM
True warrior, well deserved.

HILife
05-17-2012, 01:02 PM
Nice job Rod

Shananahan
05-17-2012, 01:04 PM
-GANGSTA-
http://www.d2footballhalloffame.com/Current_Members/RodSmithMug.jpg
-GANGSTA-

Miss I.
05-17-2012, 01:09 PM
^5Congratulations Rod! :thumbs:

maher_tyler
05-17-2012, 01:10 PM
Does that mean his number is retired as well??

bronco militia
05-17-2012, 01:28 PM
Does that mean his number is retired as well??

no

Kaylore
05-17-2012, 01:37 PM
Rod to the Ring of fame and a raider sent to Jail in the same day. It was a good Thursday, 5/17/2012.

Stuck in Cali
05-17-2012, 01:45 PM
Well deserved! Congratulations Rod!

rodr88
05-17-2012, 02:33 PM
Well deserved honor. I would love to think that the writers that vote for the HOF are smart enough to see that Rod deserves to be there, but he has to over come the fact that he spent his entire career in Denver.

broncocalijohn
05-17-2012, 02:35 PM
next stop.........................

The HOF!!

I doubt it but ROF is pretty damn special. Undrafted pick to ROF. Pretty sweat and still remember his first catch from Elway to beat the Redskins.

Bronco Rob
05-17-2012, 03:14 PM
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:thumbs:

Bronco Rob
05-17-2012, 03:36 PM
The three-time Pro Bowl selection set franchise records in receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389) and receiving touchdowns (68). He also owns the club’s career postseason receiving marks with 49 receptions for 860 yards and six touchdowns in 13 playoff games (12 starts), including the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl championships following the 1997 and ’98 seasons.

The Division II Missouri Southern University product spent his rookie season on the practice squad in 1995. He impressed then-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in 1995 and Smith quickly became a major part of the offense. He remained a critical part of the team until he retired in 2008.



http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/44265/rod-smith-worked-his-way-to-ring-of-fame

Lestat
05-17-2012, 04:10 PM
love it! my fav Bronco WR of all time. he deserves his spot.

BroncoDoug
05-17-2012, 04:43 PM
Major Congrats to Rod! Like many have already said, one of my all time faves from the Broncos, true competitor and played every play like it could be his last

Fusionfrontman
05-17-2012, 05:58 PM
So happy to hear this! Classy move for the FO and well deserved. He's my favorite Bronco and one of my favorite athletes ever in any sport.

Now I just need to find a way to get to Denver from the east coast for the game to see it.

DB-Freak
05-17-2012, 08:03 PM
Best WR in this Franchise's History.

broncosteven
05-17-2012, 08:10 PM
You could tell there was something special about a guy who's 1st catch was for a game winning bomb at the buzzer.

Most scrubs drop that pass and fade away to where ever Adrain Madise is now.

errand
05-17-2012, 08:15 PM
the greatest non drafted wide receiver ever.... quite possibly the greatest undrafted player of all time. he was a selfless player..... who only cared about winning.... and put his team success above his own personal goals.

man I wish more players were like him.....

Bacchus
05-17-2012, 10:06 PM
Rod also has 3 business degrees as well. The man has it all going for him!

extralife
05-17-2012, 11:42 PM
every professional football player should be Rod Smith

barryr
05-18-2012, 06:41 AM
Rod Smith is the best example of any player or any person in life. He truly worked for all he got and did not have anything handed to him. A pro's pro who was one of the greatest Broncos of all time.

gunns
05-18-2012, 07:12 AM
Well deserved honor. I would love to think that the writers that vote for the HOF are smart enough to see that Rod deserves to be there, but he has to over come the fact that he spent his entire career in Denver.

Or as big a mouth as Michael Irvin. If Irvin is there based on his play, Rod definitely should be.

I always admired Smith for taking responsibility for a domestic violence charge and not making excuses, but bettering himself. And then there was his play with the Broncos. Congrats Rod, well deserved.

BroncoBeavis
05-18-2012, 08:31 AM
I always remember how Rod talked about how he wouldn't quit football until they dragged him off the field.

I wasn't ready for that yet when it happened though. His bad health in '06 was a huge factor.

Bronco Rob
05-18-2012, 02:41 PM
Is Rod Smith HOF worthy?


May 18 10:55 AM ET By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com



When he watched his quarterback go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Rod Smith wondered if his bust would be bronzed next to John Elway’s some day.

Now that he's entered the Denver Broncos’ ring of fame, the rag-to-riches receiver still wonders if he will end up in the Canton, Ohio museum.

It’s an interesting question. Will Rod Smith be a Pro Football Hall of Famer?

There’s no doubt the undrafted free agent turned star receiver has a strong resume, however, he played a position which has not been overly valued by hall of fame voters in the recent past. Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed are part of a receiver logjam waiting to be elected to the hall.

Smith may have a long wait, if he makes it at all, even though he has won two Super Bowl rings. He is 11th in NFL history in career receptions (849), 17th in career receiving yards (11,389) and tied for 30th in career receiving touchdowns (68). He caught 70 or more catches for nine straight seasons, which is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. His career reception and receiving yardage totals is the best in league history for undrafted players.

Known as one of the hardest workers in the league while he played, Smith himself thinks he deserves to be inducted, although he knows it won’t be easy.

“Well what are they basing the Hall of Fame on?” Smith asked reporters Thursday in an interview to discuss his induction into the Broncos’ ring of fame. “What do you base it on? Do you base it on wins? I have some of those. Do you base it on catches? I have a lot of those. Touchdowns … and the unsung stuff to me is the blocking that Eddie [McCaffrey] and myself and the other guys I played with. You look at the running backs in my era and how many yards they rushed for. I take that personally because it was about the team to me. Honestly, there are a ton of guys that my numbers are way better than theirs, so why not be considered for it? When I went into the business I wasn’t looking at that, but once I got in the business and I saw that those things were possible. I went to John Elway’s induction into the hall of fame and I said it’s possible. It’s hard to see it until you see somebody else kind of go through it. When I saw John get inducted, I was very emotional that day, because I knew a piece of me went. But, I said, 'Why not be right beside him? Why not have a bust right beside him?' One thing I can say is this: I don’t get to vote, and if I did, I would vote for me because I gave them everything I had. That’s all I can do. I tried to be the best teammate I could. I tried to represent the game, the NFL shield as best as I could. Those who vote will hopefully see it the same way. That’s all I can do.”

Smith certainly has a case for Canton. The trouble is he plays a position where many players have a case, so his wait for enshrinement may be a long one.


http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/44289/is-rod-smith-hof-worthy

Bacchus
05-18-2012, 11:02 PM
I always remember how Rod talked about how he wouldn't quit football until they dragged him off the field.

I wasn't ready for that yet when it happened though. His bad health in '06 was a huge factor.

Yeah they did not drag him off the field he still was a productive WR. The injuries really did him in.

Mogulseeker
05-18-2012, 11:14 PM
lol at Rod Smith on ESPN radio today.

CJ and Kreckman, "You were always a very hard worker. Early on you dropped a lot of passes, what was your secret in correcting that."

Rod Smith: "What the hell are you talking about? I never dropped any passes in my career!"

errand
05-20-2012, 07:01 AM
I'm sure he dropped some..... but I don't recall very many of them.....and I definitely don't recall a drop in any big game.

R-Mac
05-20-2012, 07:11 AM
I hope the Broncos don't retire his number. I hope they don't retire any more numbers. It's stupid. Build a statue, make a giant painting, whatever. But leave the numbers alone, unless you're willing to see licence plates on the jersey.

bowtown
05-20-2012, 07:23 AM
I hope the Broncos don't retire his number. I hope they don't retire any more numbers. It's stupid. Build a statue, make a giant painting, whatever. But leave the numbers alone, unless you're willing to see licence plates on the jersey.

They won't retire his number. You have to be John Elway to have your number retired in Denver. There are only 3 numbers retired by the Broncos and #18 just became unretired for Peyton. I don't think you have to worry too much about your ridiculous scenario.

Punisher
05-20-2012, 07:26 AM
They won't retire his number. You have to be John Elway to have your number retired in Denver. There are only 3 numbers retired by the Broncos and #18 just became unretired for Peyton. I don't think you have to worry too much about your ridiculous scenario.

Hilarious!

Punisher
05-20-2012, 07:29 AM
In Rod We trust! Congrats to Rod number 80 will live on forever

Vegas_Bronco
05-20-2012, 07:39 AM
Rod thank you for being just as great of a mentor as a player...come back and make some more wrs great..eventually there has to be one that is like you a truepros pro and not self centered or bipolar.

Smilin Assassin
05-20-2012, 07:52 AM
They won't retire his number. You have to be John Elway to have your number retired in Denver. There are only 3 numbers retired by the Broncos and #18 just became unretired for Peyton. I don't think you have to worry too much about your ridiculous scenario.


How does this work, anyways? Does Tripucka's jersey get RE-retired once Peyton hangs them up?

I love the Broncos tradition/history. I just don't think: (a) Frank's number should have been retired in the first place. and (b) That it should get RE-retired when now someone else has worn it.

Does anyone know how this typically works? Is it a first to unretire a number for a different player than the original who wore it?

[edit]: Didn't mean to hijack this appreciation thread for Rod.... Congrats, Rod! And, thank you for being the ultimate pro!

R-Mac
05-20-2012, 07:52 AM
They won't retire his number. You have to be John Elway to have your number retired in Denver. There are only 3 numbers retired by the Broncos and #18 just became unretired for Peyton. I don't think you have to worry too much about your ridiculous scenario.

I wish players could still wear #7 in Denver, it's an awesome number for QBs. Teams that retire a lot of jerseys can't even distribute exclusive numbers to every player in training camp. The Bears, Packers and Chiefs, for example, have several players wearing the same number right now.

Smilin Assassin
05-20-2012, 07:54 AM
I wish players could still wear #7 in Denver, it's an awesome number for QBs. Teams that retire a lot of jerseys can't even distribute exclusive numbers to every player in training camp. The Bears, Packers and Chiefs, for example, have several players wearing the same number right now.


Any other number, I might agree.

Number 7 should be retired in Denver. Very happy it is.

Punisher
05-20-2012, 07:55 AM
I wish players could still wear #7 in Denver, it's an awesome number for QBs. Teams that retire a lot of jerseys can't even distribute exclusive numbers to every player in training camp. The Bears, Packers and Chiefs, for example, have several players wearing the same number right now.

Just stop it please and for players wearing the same number in training camp who cares

R-Mac
05-20-2012, 08:07 AM
Just stop it please and for players wearing the same number in training camp who cares

Less and less options for new players. They can't get their college numbers, or must settle for a "weird" number because it's the only option left. The players from the past are important, and their history will never be forgotten, but the new players also deserve a chance to wear those numbers and build their own legacy. It's just a number, let the guy wear it.

bowtown
05-20-2012, 08:20 AM
Less and less options for new players. They can't get their college numbers, or must settle for a "weird" number because it's the only option left. The players from the past are important, and their history will never be forgotten, but the new players also deserve a chance to wear those numbers and build their own legacy. It's just a number, let the guy wear it.

Why on earth does a rookie who has done nothing deserve to wear the same number as a legend? If it's just a number then they should have no problem picking another to build their legacy.

Bacchus
05-20-2012, 08:40 AM
I must admit it was hard for me to watch Santonio Beard wearing #30 while he was in Denver.

R-Mac
05-20-2012, 09:03 AM
Why on earth does a rookie who has done nothing deserve to wear the same number as a legend? If it's just a number then they should have no problem picking another to build their legacy.

What's the problem? Maybe it could even motivate him. The legends also had done nothing when they were rookies in the offseason.

bowtown
05-20-2012, 09:14 AM
What's the problem? Maybe it could even motivate him. The legends also had done nothing when they were rookies in the offseason.

Right and they also didn't take a retired number.

Smilin Assassin
05-20-2012, 09:57 AM
I must admit it was hard for me to watch Santonio Beard wearing #30 while he was in Denver.


Agreed.

I guess it's a matter of who's your favorite, but I would have liked to see #30 retired in Denver, as well.

LOVED Atwater, Eddie Mac, Rod, Shannon, Meck, etc....But, in my mind, 30 should always be TD.

Shananahan
05-20-2012, 10:42 AM
How does this work, anyways? Does Tripucka's jersey get RE-retired once Peyton hangs them up?

...

Does anyone know how this typically works? Is it a first to unretire a number for a different player than the original who wore it?
I doubt there's any sort of set procedure for something like this; it's probably entirely up to the team.

Shananahan
05-20-2012, 10:49 AM
Less and less options for new players. They can't get their college numbers, or must settle for a "weird" number because it's the only option left.
And then you said:
It's just a number, let the guy wear it.
I agree.

Bronco Rob
05-20-2012, 01:08 PM
No love for Rick Upchurch?


My favorite Rod Smith reception was against Kansas City..his ala Lynn Swan's catch in Super Bowl X ...@ 04:02 of this video


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:thumbs:

bronco militia
09-20-2012, 10:10 AM
kick! another big week for Rod Smith

Bronco Rob
09-20-2012, 10:44 AM
The three-time Pro Bowl selection set franchise records in receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389) and receiving touchdowns (68). He also owns the club’s career postseason receiving marks with 49 receptions for 860 yards and six touchdowns in 13 playoff games (12 starts), including the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl championships following the 1997 and ’98 seasons.

The Division II Missouri Southern University product spent his rookie season on the practice squad in 1995. He impressed then-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in 1995 and Smith quickly became a major part of the offense. He remained a critical part of the team until he retired in 2008.



http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/44265/rod-smith-worked-his-way-to-ring-of-fame

bronco militia
09-20-2012, 10:48 AM
The three-time Pro Bowl selection set franchise records in receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389) and receiving touchdowns (68). He also owns the club’s career postseason receiving marks with 49 receptions for 860 yards and six touchdowns in 13 playoff games (12 starts), including the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl championships following the 1997 and ’98 seasons.

The Division II Missouri Southern University product spent his rookie season on the practice squad in 1995. He impressed then-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in 1995 and Smith quickly became a major part of the offense. He remained a critical part of the team until he retired in 2008.



http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/44265/rod-smith-worked-his-way-to-ring-of-fame

Rod Smith was on Wade Phillips practice squad in 1994

Master Builder
Want to go from practice squad nobody to NFL record breaker? Broncos wideout Rod Smith has the perfect plan
http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3711275

BowlenBall
09-20-2012, 10:49 AM
Rod to the Ring of fame and a raider sent to Jail in the same day. It was a good Thursday, 5/17/2012.

Every time a Bronco gets his wings, a Raider goes to jail.

Crushaholic
09-20-2012, 11:52 AM
Congratulations, Rod. He was one of the reasons that I became a Broncos fan. I love his underdog story...:notworthy

Rohirrim
09-20-2012, 12:29 PM
An undrafted receiver that made it to the top of the record books. The thing I'll always remember about Rod Smith is how many times I heard rookie receivers come in and say something like, "When I saw how hard Rod Smith worked, I knew I had to step it up." He brought way more to the team than just catching the ball on Sundays.

McDman
09-20-2012, 01:55 PM
I still remember a route Rod ran against, I think the, Jags where he acted like he was doing a curl but did a full 360 and kept running on a fly. The defender was stopped dead in his tracks and we either had a huge gain or a td, it was so long ago but it was awesome.

I tried the route in college when we were playing in the park and it worked flawlessly, until I dropped the wide open pass. My forte was not catching.

KS Bronco
09-20-2012, 03:15 PM
http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/09000d5d8097abfc/Rod-Smith-s-story

DAN_BRONCO_FAN
09-20-2012, 11:20 PM
great job rod

The Moops
09-21-2012, 03:42 AM
When Rod Smith goes into the ROF fans should be holding signs and chanting Up-church!

Only 2-time All-Decade Bronco and he's not in ROF . Travesty ..