Check one more honor off Rod Smith’s list — he’s now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the divisional class of 2009.
The divisional class includes players and coaches from Division I-AA (now called the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision) and Divisions II, III and the NAIA. This year’s class will be inducted July 18-19 at the Hall of Fame in South Bend.
Smith set six school records while playing for Missouri Southern State in 1988 and 1990-93. He went on to set Broncos franchise records in just about every receiving category, including receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches.
Smith’s fellow inductees include the late Sam Mills, who played 12 years in the NFL, and Fred Dean, who was part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008 along with Gary Zimmerman.
The final three members of this year’s class are Roger Brown, who played defensive tackle for Maryland Eastern in the 1950s, former Marshall coach Jim Donnan, and former Missouri Valley coach Volney Ashford, who died in 1973.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com