Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith will become the 23rd member of the team's Ring of Fame during halftime of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Smith is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Smith won two Super Bowls, made three Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro in his Broncos career from 1995-2006. In the Broncos' 34-19 win in Super Bowl XXXIII, Smith had 5 receptions for 152 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception. Smith went undrafted and was cut by the New England Patriots in 1994 before catching on with Denver in 1995.
Team owner Pat Bowlan, who announced the honor in May, had this to say to the team's official website:
"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," Bowlen said in a statement at the time. "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."
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