ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Rod Smith, who holds every major receiving record for the Denver Broncos, will be inducted into the elite “Ring of Fame” this season, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced Thursday after meeting with the selection committee.
The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23 at halftime of the Broncos’ home game against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“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. “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.”
Smith played in 183 regular-season games over 12 NFL seasons while setting franchise records in receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389) and receiving touchdowns (68).
He retired in 2007 with two Super Bowl rings.
“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate than Rod Smith,” said former teammate and current Broncos vice president John Elway. “His work ethic, the way he competed and the positive influence he had on others were all qualities that made him one of the best. What a great Bronco who is so deserving of being honored as a member of the Ring of Fame.”
Smith is the 23rd member of the Broncos Ring of Fame and the first inductee since Shannon Sharpe in 2009.