Smith inducted into Hall of Fame

Former Missouri Southern football player Rod Smith was in-ducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.

Smith, who retired from the Denver Broncos in 2007, holds the franchise record for career receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389), touchdown catches (68) and overall touchdowns (71).

Smith, who tops the team’s all-time yards from scrimmage list with 11,737, recorded more combined yards than any player in Broncos history with 12,488 and owns a franchise-best mark of 31 100-yard receiving games – including a team-record eight in 2000.

In 2006, the Arkansas-born record setter became the 15th player in NFL history to log 800 career receptions and the first undrafted player to accomplish the feat.

Smith left Missouri Southern with league records for career receiving yards and touchdowns, a school reception record (153) and multiple first-team All-America honors.

He was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award given annually to the top Division II football player.

Smith was named Missouri Southern’s Outstanding Graduate in 1994 after completing his collegiate studies with three degrees (economics and finance; general business; marketing and management).

Away from the field, Smith is an All-Pro, as well. He’s been supporting an orphanage in Mexico City since 1994.

He has also served as a spokesman for the annual Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive since 2000.

He was inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2003 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Smith has three children: Devin, Roderick Jr., and Vanessa.