Rod Smith was an unsigned wide receiver out of Missouri Southern State University when the Denver Broncos signed him as a free agent in 1994. He would go on to make his mark on the team and the league and see action during 12 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Broncos. He made the Pro Bowl three times during his career and was rated as one of the best wide receivers in the league during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Here are some interesting facts about Rod Smith:
-In 2001, Rod Smith led the entire NFL in receptions with 113 catches.
-Rod Smith put up 1,000 yard receiving season every year between 1997 and 2005, except for the year 2003.
-Rod Smith had one rushing touchdown during his career, it came during the 2000 season.
-Before the Broncos signed him as a free agent following his not being drafted in the 1994 NFL Draft, Rod Smith was briefly signed by the New England Patriots before being cut from the team.
-During his career, Rod Smith saw time on special teams, eventually returning 53 punts and six kickoffs.
-He was named Outstanding Graduate by his college when he graduated in 1994 with three degrees; in economics and finance, marketing and management, and general business.
-Though he was a wide receiver, Rod Smith attempted five passes during the career, completing two, one for 14 yards and one for 72 yards.
-Rod Smith is the first, and so far only, player to go undrafted and surpass 10,000 yards receiving in his career.
-During his career, Rod Smith scored 71 touchdowns. 68 of those came as touchdown receptions. The other three were each scored in different ways. He returned a punt for a touchdown in 2003, scored a rushing touchdown in 2000, and in 1998 he recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
-Rod Smith’s given first name is Roderick.