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Smith’s Career Over?

                                       Rod Smith caught 849 passes, 174 more than any other Bronco receiver.

Like it or not, it appears that Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith could be making his last appearance in a football uniform Sunday.  Why you ask?  Well, this is a case where his ailing hip will not allow him to partake of any football activities.  As a matter of fact, hip replacement surgery is a distinct probability for Smith. 

Surgery in February was supposed to alleviate the pain and give him a chance to play again.  Unfortunately for Smith, the pain in his hip has gotten worse, hence his spot on the IR.  So at this juncture of his illustrious career, Smith’s legacy is secure.  His story is one of “rags-to-riches”, if you will.  He was an undrafted free agent from a small Division II school who signed for a whopping $5,000; through hard work and determination, he made himself into a top-flight receiver – certainly the Broncos’ best WR ever.

When he retires from the game, Smith will be known for more than just the stats he put up at Denver; you can also add his work ethic and character to this list.  He’s the anti-TO, so to speak.  At least 2 things are certain: he will be inducted into the Broncos’ Ring Of Honor and the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.  After all, he does deserve it.  Whatever Smith decides to do in his post-football life, he more than likely will succeed in it.  Again, because he deserves it.  

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