Where are they now? Rod Smith

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Rod Smith is a special kind of man.

Smith grew up one of four children in Arkansas in difficult circumstances. But, he used his football playing talent to get himself out of poverty and into Missouri Southern State, where he dominated on the field.

In college, Smith set conference records for both receiving yards (3,043) and touchdowns (34) and was named a Division II All-American by the Associated Press. But he wasn’t drafted and the Denver Broncos picked him up as a practice squad player in 1994.

Smith hit the field and never looked back in 1995; his first reception was a desperation Hail Mary from John Elway to beat the Washington Redskins in Mile High Stadium. He worked hard with not only Elway but a bunch of Broncos quarterbacks; from Brian Griese to Jay Cutler. And Smith connected with them all as a leader in the locker room and on the field. When his career was said and done in 2006, Smith retired as the greatest undrafted receiver in NFL history, leading in receptions (849), yards (11,389) and touchdowns (88).

In fact, all those numbers still stand as Broncos franchise records to this day.

While he was playing for Denver, Smith was inducted into the Missouri Southern State Hall of Fame and continues to hold multiple school records.

But life after football has included some special things for Smith. In 2008, he started Organo Coffee and continues to build the brand feverishly. They specialize in gourmet coffee, hot chocolate, tea and other products.

In 2012, Smith was inducted in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and he was the honorary captain of the AFC Championship Game win over the New England Patriots back in January.

He remains in Denver, a family man and ever hard-working entrepreneur.

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