|09-25-2005, 05:34 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Awesome rod article
dont think its been posted
This Week in Gameday: Sept. 26, 2005
It's not game day without Gameday. Be sure to pick up your copy of the official Broncos game program at INVESCO Field at Mile High when the Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Gameday is more than just rosters and stats -- it's inside information and stroies on the Denver Broncos. For more information on Gameday, including how you can get a copy even if you're not at the game, visit Broncosnewsstand.com.
He Has the Records and the Recognition, but Something More is Driving Rod Smith
By J. Michael Moore
Rod Smith thinks like an executive.
Maybe that’s the reason the 11-year veteran has been so successful with the Denver Broncos. He lives for the moment and plans painstakingly for the future.
Maybe that’s a carryover from entering the league as an undrafted free agent and fighting for a roster spot off the Broncos practice squad. He considers every day a blessing.
No matter the reasoning, the wide receiver has become an unquestioned team leader over the past decade.
He is one of the most recognizable faces in Colorado and so much of a football cornerstone that Jerry Rice – the greatest receiver to play the game – didn’t even think of asking to take Smith’s No. 80 during his brief stay with the Broncos through the preseason.
Smith is the Denver Broncos all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches and the active leader in receptions on Monday Night Football. He will add to all those numbers tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the success doesn’t define him.
“Those are just numbers,” the wide receiver said, his eyes expressing his assertiveness. “Those are things you really want to look back on when your career is over and say: ‘I was there for so many years, what did I really do?’”
Broncos safety Nick Ferguson has taken many paths to get to where he is today. Find out more about his journeys in this week's edition of Gameday. PHOTO: RICH CLARKSON AND ASSOCIATES
Broncos Safety Nick Ferguson Has Made Several Stops on His Way to Becoming a Full-Time Starter
By Jennifer Tavlian
Gameday Staff Writer
Nick Ferguson has been an understudy in the drama of the NFL.
He carefully examines the script and flow of every performance on the field. He’s a student of the game, which suits him fine.
After all, he’s been a student in just about every other aspect of his life.
As one of 11 children, he learned to live in a house with seven sisters.
He literally became a student again at Georgia Tech this offseason. Yes, a sizable workout bonus at Dove Valley would have helped his bank
account, but a degree will go much farther.
When he left college a semester early for a shot in the pros, he told his family and his coach, George O’Leary, that he would be back to finish what he started.
Ferguson hadn’t sat in a classroom since 1997. Then he was dreaming of playing in the NFL. Nearly a decade later, he was back at Georgia Tech to complete his degree in management.
There was any number of reasons to go back, but one promise was all it took to get him back on campus.
“Once you start something, you should finish it,” he said. “I made a promise to my mom, myself, Coach O’Leary and it was just something I needed to do to set my life where it needs to be. You feel as though you have something left undone and it becomes very difficult to look past anything else.”
With a family so large and loving, breaking the promise was never an option.
Ferguson grew up in Miami as the third of 11 children. Family is the most important thing to him, but there had to be some difficult moments living in a full house.
“Obviously, getting to the bathroom,” he said. “That was the hardest.
“It was difficult. That’s why when the meal was finished you had to be in there and eat, because if you didn’t, there would be a chance you might not get a chance to eat. I would sit there and try to eat two or three servings at one time.”
|09-25-2005, 06:28 PM||#2|
Attack at all times . . .
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AFC West Championshipville
Rod's the man. Only had one good tandem guy in McCaffery. WTF up with Lelie? He was supposed to provide the tandem. Lelie will be looking for another team shortly if he doesn't provide that tandem role. Maybe the staff is not doing it's job, I don't know. Losing Dorrell to UCLA was too much to overcome? I don't know, just questioning.
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