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Denver Broncos (1995–2007)

Roderick Duane Smith is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Smith's career spanned 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos - if you count his rookie year spent on the practice squad - after he went undrafted out of Missouri Southern State (a Division II university) in 1994. That's right, even the great Rod Smith was cut by the Broncos early on in his career. Rod Smith knows the hard-knock nature of the NFL. The former collegiate quarterback turned wide receiver had to fight tooth and nail for every opportunity he ever received as a pro.  As a graduate from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Arkansas, Smith lettered two years in football and basketball, and one year in baseball. As a senior in football, he was All-League, All-Area, and All-State. Outside of football, Rod Smith is a family man with three kids (Roderick Smith Jr., Devin Smith, and Vanessa Smith) and a business entrepreneur. With two Super Bowls, three Pro Bowls, and a controversy-free career noted for professionalism, Smith left the Broncos as one of the most well-loved players of all time. In May 2012, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in his first year of eligibility for the honor.  Rod Smith most certainly made an impact as a Bronco. Not only was he an integral part of Denver's back-to-back World Champion teams of the late '90's, but he earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named a first-team All-Pro twice. It also just so happens that Rod Smith is the only undrafted receiver in the history of the NFL to exceed 10,000 career receiving yards. 

Texarkana welcomes Rod Smith back home to take part in the 5th annual Agent Barry Live United Bowl. Rod will speak at the team banquet and act as the honorary captain at the bowl game. He will also host a book signing for his recently published book.

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