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Broncos plan honor for receiver Smith

Rod Smith hangs on to a grudge almost as well as a pass. Even 18 years later, the former Denver Broncos wide receiver still remains irate over not being drafted. The Broncos took a chance on the unheralded wideout from Missouri Southern and he blossomed into the team’s all-time leader in nearly every receiving category. Always a fan favorite, Smith (pictured right) will hear the roar of the crowd again Sunday when he’s inducted into the Ring of Fame at halftime against the Texans. Throughout his career, Smith used his resentment over not being picked to give him an edge and an attitude. He hardly ever took a day off. “I would sneak up on my locker and just pray that my name was still there and say, ‘OK, I’ve got one more day,’ ” Smith said Thursday. – AP

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