Plummer speaks out on Smith's retirement

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It took Rod Smith retirement to make Jake Plummer speak. Plummer has kept a very low profile, living and playing handball in his native Idaho since abruptly retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons in March 2007.

However, Plummer released a statement today regarding the retirement of Smith, who was his favorite receiver when he was the quarterback in Denver from 2003-06. Smith said at his press conference today he spent some time with Plummer on the phone today.

Here is the statement from the reclusive ex-QB:

"Rod Smith was one of the best all-around players I played with in the NFL -- and I only got play with him when he was too old and too slow (laughing). He was the undisputed leader of the team, which took a lot of pressure off of me. The standard Rod set was high and he led by example. The game will miss a player like Rod Smith."