Rod Smith (wide receiver)

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Rod Smith
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Smith in September 2012
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 48)
Texarkana, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Texarkana (AR) Arkansas
College: Missouri Southern State
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:849
Receiving yards:11,389
Receiving touchdowns:68
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Roderick Duane Smith [1] (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who played thirteen seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri Southern State. He was originally signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent and played his entire career with the team. As of 2017's offseason, his 849 career receptions and 11,389 receiving yards ranked him 27th and 31st all-time. [2]

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Denver Broncos National Football League franchise in Denver, Colorado

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Personal life

At Arkansas Senior High School in Texarkana, Arkansas, Smith lettered two years in football and basketball, and one year in baseball. As a senior in football, he was All-League, All-Area, and All-State. Outside of football Rod Smith has three kids (Roderick Smith Jr., Devin Smith, and Vanessa Smith). He is a business entrepreneur as he has expressed in many interviews, some with his kids in them speaking about their father's accomplishments on and off the field. Also is gettin jiggy with Roman's Mom.

Arkansas High School

Arkansas High School is a public secondary school in Texarkana in Miller County in southwestern Arkansas. The school serves students from ninth through twelve grade and is administered by the Texarkana Arkansas School District.

Texarkana, Arkansas City in the United States

Texarkana is a city in Arkansas and the county seat of Miller County. The city is located across the state line from its twin city, Texarkana, Texas. The city was founded at a railroad intersection on December 8, 1873, and was incorporated in Arkansas on August 10, 1880. Texarkana is the principal city of the Texarkana metropolitan area, which is ranked 274th in terms of population in the United States with 150,098 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau.

A letterman, in U.S. activities/sports, is a high school or college student who has met a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity team.

College career

Smith enjoyed a stellar career at Missouri Southern State University, finishing with conference records in career receiving yards (3,043) and touchdowns (34). He also broke the school’s reception record (153), and was named first-team All-America by AP, Kodak, Football Gazette and NCAA Division II sports information directors after his senior year. In his final season, Smith caught 63 passes for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given annually to the top football player at the Division II level. He was named Missouri Southern’s Outstanding Graduate in 1994 after completing his collegiate studies with three degrees, in economics and finance, general business, as well as marketing and management. [3]

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University is a public university in Joplin, Missouri. It was established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College.

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Professional career

After the 1994 draft, Smith went undrafted and was signed by the Denver Broncos as a free agent. His first NFL catch was a last-minute 43-yard touchdown from John Elway in a 38–31 win against the Washington Redskins on September 17, 1995. In fourteen seasons as an NFL player, Smith had eight seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. He had two seasons of at least 100 receptions (2000: 100; 2001: 113). In 2000, Smith and teammate Ed McCaffrey became only the second wide receiver duo on the same team to each gain 100 receptions in the same season (with Herman Moore and Brett Perriman). His 113 receptions in 2001 led the league. He was a starting wide receiver of the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998. In the Broncos' 34–19 win in Super Bowl XXXIII, Smith had 5 receptions for 152 yards, tied for 5th most in Super Bowl history, [4] including an 80-yard touchdown reception. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2004.

1994 NFL Draft

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A hip injury that he suffered in 2006 required a complete hip replacement. On December 28, 2007 it was revealed that Smith needed another hip surgery, possibly ending his career. [5] He was placed on the reserve/retired list on February 15, 2008, and announced his formal retirement from professional football on July 24, 2008 in a press conference at the team's Dove Valley headquarters. With two Super Bowls, three Pro Bowls, and a controversy-free career noted for professionalism, Smith left the Broncos as one of the most well-loved players of all time. In May 2012 it was announced that he would be inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in his first year of eligibility for the honor. The induction ceremony took place on Sunday, Sep 23, at halftime of the Broncos' home game against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Awards and accomplishments

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Franchise Records

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Rod Smith held at least 11 Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Receptions: career (849), season (113 in 2001)
  • Receiving Yds: career (11,389), playoffs (860)
  • Receiving TDs: career (68), playoffs (6)
  • Total TDs: career (71)
  • Yds from Scrimmage: career (11,737)
  • All Purpose Yds: career (12,488)
  • Games with 1+ TD scored: career (66)
  • Seasons with 1000+ receiving yards: career (8)

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References

  1. "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
  2. See customizable lists at pro-football-reference.com
  3. Rod Smith | Players | Nflplayers.Com
  4. As of 2017, see 100+ yard Super Bowl receivers at pro-football-reference.com.
  5. Smith's career could be over after another hip surgery, ESPN.com, December 28, 2007