Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/19/14

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Rod Smith #80 of the Denver Broncos makes a cut ahead of cornerback Sammy Davis #22 of the San Diego Chargers in the first half on September 18, 2005 at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 20-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith makes a catch during Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999. (AP Photo/Denver Broncos)

Rod Smith was the forger of a prolific career with the Denver Broncos, and now he’s being honored as such.

Smith has been elected as the 23rd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place during halftime of the Broncos’ Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

The franchise’s all-time leader in receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389), and receiving touchdowns (68), Smith went from undrafted rookie to starter to fan-favorite through his unparalleled hard work, clutch performances, and motivating influence (see the “Rod’s Wisdom” section in the sidebar of the homepage of this very site, a feature displaying a random quote of Smith’s we’ve had in place since 2007).

“Players like Rod don’t come through your door very often, but he came through ours every day with a purpose and hunger to be great,” owner Pat Bowlen said. “Rod’s production and numbers—as outstanding as they were—paled in comparison to his commitment to winning and the respect he commanded from each and every one of his teammates throughout his career. Emerging from an undrafted player to one of the best to ever play his position, Rod has truly earned his place among the greatest Broncos of all time.

“I am thankful for everything Rod contributed to this franchise during his time with the Broncos, and I congratulate him on his well-deserved election to the Ring of Fame.”

Indeed, few players have made as great an impact for any one team as Rod Smith did for the Denver Broncos. The statistical totals may or may not ultimately fall short of a Hall of Fame election for Smith, but if there was an “upper tier” to Denver’s Ring of Fame, Smith could be fairly ranked among the likes of John Elway and Floyd Little in that highest echelon.

His election is a well-deserved honor for a living Broncos legend.


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