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Old 05-09-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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People have been joking, but also being serious, that being a part of drafting Tebow might've been what got Xanders fired...LOL
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Xanders was more-or-less a figurehead during his entire tenure in Denver. Shanahan brought him on-board in 2008, but Mike still had complete control. Josh McDoofus retained Shanahan's final say over personnel, and when Elway was hired, he became "the man."

This actually may be a good move for Xanders. He's a bright guy and is well-respected around the league.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!

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Old 05-18-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I was glad to hear that. Have a soft spot for Rod...used to see him once in awhile at local HS football games.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:00 AM
Status: "Giving up religion for lent." (set 11 days ago)
 
Location: South of the Pentagon, Virginia
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Originally Posted by DOUBLE H View Post
Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to Missouri Southern and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
Rod, by far, was one of the best Denver Broncos ever. Also one of many low-round draft picks or undrafted players to have major success with the Broncos. I loved seeing Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey on the field at the same time.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Woodinville
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
I love football and there's nothing more satisfying to me as a fan than seeing a team recognize the potential in a "low-level" young guy and really invest the time and effort to grow him into a star. Of course it goes both ways. The low-key guy has gotta put in the time and effort, then as he starts to get good he's gotta stick with the team that afforded him the opportunity instead of jumping ship for a big money contract elsewhere. Don't see it all that often anymore on behalf of the teams or players.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
Good for Rod Smith...loved that guy. Been quiet yes, and thats because the broncos bosses dumped Tebow. What else is there?
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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I love football and there's nothing more satisfying to me as a fan than seeing a team recognize the potential in a "low-level" young guy and really invest the time and effort to grow him into a star. Of course it goes both ways. The low-key guy has gotta put in the time and effort, then as he starts to get good he's gotta stick with the team that afforded him the opportunity instead of jumping ship for a big money contract elsewhere. Don't see it all that often anymore on behalf of the teams or players.
Good post! And Rod Smith is definitely low key. Usually humble guys come from humble backgrounds, and as I stated earlier, Rod went to a small school (Missouri Southern) so Rod knows humble. Smith gives a lot of credit to the late Mike Heimerdinger who, at the time Smith was signed as a free agent, was the Broncos wide receivers coach. He took Smith under his wing and really worked with him. I listened to him being interviewed on 102.3 "The Ticket" Friday. He has developed a close friendship his Mike's son Brian, who presently works in player personnel for the St. Louis Rams. Smith said Heimerdinger "welcomed me to his home as if I was a member of his family. If it wasn't for Mike I wouldn't know where I would be."

Our group used to park in the RV "double space' parking area of Invesco, which is very close to where the players entrance is. For the most part the players and coaches would get to the stadium around 10:30 (kinda guessing) By that time Rod Smith had already signed dozens of autographs for fans who came to the fence, on several occasions he would carpool with Ed McCaffrey and Ed would sign as well. And they would also briefly talk to the fans before they went in to the players entrance underneath the south stands. And they would sign for everybody!
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:04 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Gronk trade? Stupid. Wrong Gronk.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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Yes, that happened yesterday, Cassius Vaughn straight up for the Indianapolis Colts' Chris Gronkowski. The one thing I WILL say is we did need a blocking back to take Spencer Larson's place , remember that Spencer Larsen signed a free agent contract with the New England Peatriots so we needed someone to fill that gap. Chris Gronkowski doesn't have a lot of stats to beef up his resume, let's hope he performs like his brother Rob!

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