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Rod Smith was one of the most successful football players ever to don the Green & Gold and graduated from Missouri Southern with three degrees in 1993. 


Smith was a two-time first-team All-American during his days with the Lions (2988, 1990-93), led the nation receiving yards in 1991, racking up 1,439 yards on 60 receptions. 


That year, he was named the Mid-American during Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Offensive MVP and collected one of his two first-team All-MIAA awards. 


Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is the only Missouri Southern receiver ever to post a 1,000-yard season and holds or shares 11 school records. 


He’s the Broncos’ all-time leader in receiving yards (11,389), receiving touchdowns (68), receptions (849) and 100-yard games (31) to go along with two Super Bowl championships. 


A finalist for the 1993 Harlon Hill Award, Smith joined the Denver squad as a rookie free agent in 1994 after leaving Southern as its Outstanding Graduate for the year. 


He completed his collegiate studies with three degrees: economics & finance, general business and marketing & management. 


Smith also lettered on the Lions’ basketball team in 1990-91.


Smith went on to have an outstanding career, and is widely considered as the best undrafted free agent wide receiver ever to play the game, with the Denver Broncos that included two Super Bowl Championships and three Pro Bowl Selections. 


Smith was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2012 following his retirement and was the 23rd member of the Broncos franchise to receive the honor.