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Thread: Thank You, Rod!

  1. #16
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    As so many of you have already said, we knew this was coming.

    Such a sad day in Bronco Nation.

    One HUGE Mile High Salute to one of our greatest ever.



    IN ROD WE TRUST!!
    *** God Bless Our Military Men And Women***


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    Rod Smith= Class Act! Athletically, Personally, Professionally. We'll miss you on the field Rod! We may have great receivers in the future but we'll never replace Rod Smith.


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    This could actually be one of the saddest days of my short 19 years of life.

    When I became a Bronco fan right before the Super Bowl years, I feel in love with Rod Smith. I had a random football card of him, and it was my favorite one... I didn't even know if he was good or not.

    He proved me wrong.. just like he's proved many people wrong.

    Although I loved John Elway... I think when I see Rod's retirement.. I might shed some tears.

    I will miss Rod Smith... my favorite Denver Bronco forever.


  4. #19
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    Sad chapter to end his amazing career. I'm sure he would have loved to end it on his own terms, perhaps going out like Elway, but his mind couldn't make his body co-operate any longer. Hope he has a pain free retirement and comfortable living. If anyone deserves, he definitely does.

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    Winter is Coming!

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    Even though it was expected, it's sad to see it actually happen.


    Rod was the ultimate underdog and overachiever. He worked his butt off to become the success he was and if some of the talented receivers out there now had 1/2 of his dedication to the game they'd be sure-fire Hall of Famers.


    Here's hoping the Broncos are smart enough to keep him involved with the team. Rod is one guy we don't want to just disappear like most do.


    I'm looking forward to seeing him inducted into the Ring of Fame five years from now!
    "You can't take the sky from me..."
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    "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"

  7. #22
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    I love Rod Smith. And that isn't no bullshi.

    My favorite Denver Bronco of all time. I have to find a speech I wrote about him, and share it here....

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    Wow, I'm really emotional about this. When I see his press conference I'm going to break down. I know it.

    Easily the most respectable, and like able Bronco to ever put on the uniform. I'm going to miss you #80. I'm going to miss everything you stand for, everything you've ever done for this organization.

    Love ya, Rod.

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    Broncos mainstay Rod Smith retires
    By Mike Klis
    The Denver Post
    Article Last Updated: 07/23/2008 04:00:01 PM MDT

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_9973195

    Rod Smith. (The Denver Post)

    Rod Smith, the Broncos' all-time leading receiver in nearly every category, has decided to retire.

    The Broncos and Smith will hold a 2 p.m. news conference Thursday.


    Smith, 38, missed all of last season with a serious hip injury so his retirement has been expected for nearly a year. An undrafted free agent who signed with the Broncos in 1994, when Wade Phillips was the coach, Smith finishes with 849 receptions, 11,389 receiving yards and 68 touchdown receptions.

    He was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2005, but a concussion and hip injury curtailed his production in 2006 and was forced to sit out 2007 after he needed extensive surgery to repair, among other problems, a torn labrum.

    Following his final season, Smith ranked 11th all-time in receptions.

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    you know how I say

    I WILL ALWAYS LOVE ME SOME ROD SMITH

    well

    I WILL MISS ME SOME ROD SMITH

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    What a legend of Mile High. Ring of Famer for sure. Thanks for the Memories Rod

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    Here is an older article of Rod Smith that was written at the end of last season.

    One of my favorites:

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_7839109


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    I had thought he had declined the coaches position because he kinda wanted to lay back a bit... choosing to 'consult' instead.


    One of these articles claims that he was hoping to come back... and if that's the case, I don't think that 'part-time' is where his heart is. Hopefully they'll promote him to co-recievers coach or something.


    Rod Smith
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    Maybe Smith turned down the WR job because he didn't want to be just another one of Shanahan's Impotent, Yes-Men (it's probably health related, imo).

    The Broncos need to do whatever it takes to keep him in the fold......
    Last edited by LordTrychon; 07-23-2008 at 04:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGB83 View Post
    Reported today on espn.com...thank you for everything Rod!
    I hope that he decides to take a coaching job with the Broncos, keep him a bronco for life, kind of like Kubiak


    Andy Jano 2017 adopted Bronco

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