It is one thing to be highly touted out of college and rack up serious statistics in the National Football League. It is quite another to do that when you go undrafted. Rod Smith lit up the league when nobody saw it coming.
After going virtually unnoticed at Missouri Southern State, Rod Smith was signed by the Denver Broncos and by his third year fought his way to the starting roster. He would go for 1,000 yards receiving for eight times in his stellar career and was a huge part to the Broncos two consecutive Super Bowls.
Rod Smith may be overlooked as his offensive stats came at a time when many others accomplished the same, but no one can ever take away that he will go down as one of the good guys of the game and has earned his respect in the Rocky Mountains.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Texarkana, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Missouri Southern State
Undrafted in 1994
Major Accolades and Awards:
Pro Bowl Selections (3) (2000, 2001 & 2005)
First Team All Pro Selections (2) (2000 & 2001)
Most Receptions (1) (2001)
Super Bowl Rings (2) (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXII & XXXIII)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (4) (1998, 2000, 2001 & 2005)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (4) (1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1997 & 2001)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (1) (2000)
Notable All Time Rankings:
18. Receptions: 849
23. Receiving Yards: 11,389
35. Receiving Touchdowns: 68
39. Receiving Yards/Game: 62.2
54. Yards from Scrimmage: 11,737
62. All Purpose Yards: 12,477
71. Touchdowns: 77
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:Never