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  • Rod Smith Now Officially Brandon Marshall's Mentor....

    hey guys just came across this story a few minutes ago, hopefully nobody has beat me to it. Looks like Brandon Marshall is surrounding himself with the right people finally and who better to have then his mentor then arguably the best WR to ever wear a Broncos uniform(depending on what decade you're speaking of). Reading WHY Rod is taking on this role just makes me appreciate him that much more for all he's done and is continuing to do as a Bronco.

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_10249021

    Jim armstrong
    Grateful Smith embraces mentoring
    By Jim Armstrong
    The Denver Post
    Article Last Updated: 08/20/2008 12:25:39 AM MDT

    So, Rod Smith, nouveau retiree, what have you been up to?

    "As little as possible," Smith said.

    Which is to say, as much as possible. Smith may have taken off his shoulder pads, but he hasn't shed his image. You don't arrive overnight from 600-plus consecutive offseason workouts at Dove Valley to card-carrying couch potato.

    For the record, he's dabbling in real estate and a few other business interests. But Smith's real passion these days is keeping Brandon Marshall on the straight and narrow.

    "We talk every other day," Smith said. "It's kind of our standard thing. We have to talk. I'm on track with him, seeing how he's doing. We probably talk more about life than football. Every time he does something right, I let him know. And every time he does something wrong, I let him know."

    The interesting part isn't that Smith has become Marshall's mentor. The interesting part is why. He isn't being paid by the Broncos. He doesn't have a title, official or otherwise. He's doing it because he wants to do it.

    No, check that. He's doing it because something inside tells him he has to. Because that's how he's wired. If there's one thing about Rod Smith, it's this: He never forgets his roots.

    "I don't get paid a dime," he said. "This is personal for me. My pay is by them letting me come through those big gates for 14 years."

    With Smith, it's always personal. That's why you knew he would be there last week when Wade Phillips showed up at Dove Valley with the Dallas Cowboys. The same Wade Phillips who, as head coach of the Broncos, signed Smith as an undrafted free agent for the princely sum of $5,000.

    Then there's Mike Shanahan. If Phillips gave Smith his start, Shanahan did the rest. The presence of the only two NFL head coaches he ever knew was too much for Smith to pass up.

    "Wade gave me my first job, and Mike gave me my last job," Smith said. "I definitely wanted to talk to those guys. Wade has been huge for my career, just giving me an opportunity. He's always said, 'You did it, you did it.' I'd say: 'No, you could have cut me when you cut those other guys. I never would have known what would have happened if you hadn't given me a chance.'

    "You know, man? You've got to learn to be appreciative."

    Know this about Marshall: If the kid is going to flame out because of off-field issues, he's going to have to overcome Smith's best efforts. It's personal, all right. It's Smith's way of repaying the Broncos for taking a chance back in the day on a no-name player from a no-name school.

    And no, it isn't the first time he has done it. Far from it. Or maybe you didn't know about Smith's past efforts to underwrite sports programs for the Boys & Girls Club of Texarkana, Ark., his hometown. Why? Because way back when, somebody helped him stay on the path, just as he's trying to help Marshall stay there.

    "I don't try to make a big deal out of it," Smith said. "Some of the people who were very dear to me, who helped me, I still help them with some of their programs."

    Then there's the Rod Smith Green and Gold Golf Classic. They play it every year near the campus of Missouri Southern, Smith's alma mater. And yes, the headliner still shows up, still shakes hands, still lets them know he learned to be appreciative.

    "It's a big deal to me," Smith said. "With a small school, you've got to try to get money in. We're going to do some more buildings, some more facilities. It's not always about athletes. We'll have better students, too. That's what we want to be, an upper-end Division II school."

    He remembers every step of his journey and, unlike so many others, Smith repays those who helped him along the way. That's why protecting Marshall's future is so important to him.

    And what could that future include? We're talking about the most physically gifted receiver in franchise history, a player fast enough to get open and big enough to run over anyone in his path. A player who, if he can lose the baggage, could break every one of Smith's franchise receiving records.

    "He's potentially a first-ballot Hall of Fame guy because his numbers are going to be ridiculous," Smith said. "It's up to him. We work on short- term goals. Not just football goals, but life goals. If he's going to reach those goals, he has to do the right things."
    Last edited by BroncoCanuck; 08-20-2008, 08:19 AM.

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    Brandon couldnt be luckier than to ahve a mentor like Rod. Rod, proving once again why he is the class of the NFL.
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    • #3
      That's a great article.

      Just one more reason that Rod Smith is my all-time favorite Bronco.
      In Manning I trust.

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      • #4
        What an awsome article. I like the fact that it really shows who Rod is and always has been.


        Good Luck Marshall!

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        • #5
          How amazing is Rod Smith?!!

          "I don't get paid a dime," he said. "This is personal for me. My pay is by them letting me come through those big gates for 14 years."
          Thanks, Reid!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LordTrychon View Post
            How amazing is Rod Smith?!!
            I agree 100%...Rod Smith is a class act. Hopefully some of that will rub off on Brandon Marshall.

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            • #7
              Rod is the man. I hope Marshall's soaks it up like a sponge.

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              • #8
                I give it a 50/50 chance. Marshall is a "good kid", we hear, but no one likes being lectured. Ekuban was saying it was difficult to be a leader and give advice and such, because the players don't respect him as much if he's not out there showing and leading by example.
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                • #9
                  For all that Rod Smith has done on the field and more importantly off the field he needs to be in the Ring of Fame-now

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                  • #10
                    Just think if every player had the same attitude as Smith, we would be the most successful franchise in the league.

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                    • #11
                      Great Work by Rod Smith




                      Keep BMarsh in line

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AmericanBronc View Post
                        I give it a 50/50 chance. Marshall is a "good kid", we hear, but no one likes being lectured. Ekuban was saying it was difficult to be a leader and give advice and such, because the players don't respect him as much if he's not out there showing and leading by example.
                        Each team needs a leader or two on both offense and defense. Rookies should embrace a fellow team mate that is only trying to help, not only the player, but the unit as a whole. Most captains or leaders on any team earn the right to do so by leading by example. As example, that was something Lynch was great at. Making sure everyone was in their place on any given play.

                        And if Brandon doesn't take this chance to be coached by one of our greatest ever, then I wouldn't know what to say in response to that except "Hey Marshall, pull your head out"


                        Originally posted by BroncoRy View Post
                        For all that Rod Smith has done on the field and more importantly off the field he needs to be in the Ring of Fame-now
                        Rod has never forgotten the opportunity he was given in Denver and he openly thanked both Shanny and Pat. We all know how classy Rod is and not only does this gesture prove that, but he is giving back to the team in appreciation for the recognition he received during his retirement press conference.

                        I'm sure Mr. Bowlen already has plans to get Rod on our Ring Of Fame and I would hope they make a spectacle of it during a game this season. Not only does he deserve it as a dedicated and amazing player, but he was a huge fan favorite that would almost demand it.

                        I do not believe that the Broncos as an organization would sit at the round table and discuss the possibility of it happening. They would be making final arrangements to make it happen as soon as possible.

                        Thanks Again Rod!!
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                        • #13
                          If Brandon does keep this up and stays out of trouble he is going to have one hell of a career.

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                          • #14
                            Marshall was getting in trouble when Smith was on the team. So i'm not entirely sure how much this will change things.
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                            • #15
                              Just another reason why:
                              ROD SMITH IS AWESOME
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