Former XFL and NFL running back Rod Smart has been declared a "missing endagered person" by law enforcement in South Carolina. Smart was last seen last Wednesday, just over six days ago, in Indian Land, S.C.
The 42 year-old birthed a famous nickname during his one season in the XFL. With players being allowed to choose whatever name they wanted for the back of their jersey, Smart went with "He Hate Me." The phrase was to meant to describe the menality of his opponents after playing against him.
Now, his loved ones are concerned that he's been out of pocket for far longer than usual.
After playing college football at Western Kentucky, Smart went undrafted and eventually to the XFL. After the league was disbanded, he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before earning a roster spot with the Carolina Panthers.
Smart mainly appeared as a kick returner during his four seasons with the Panthers, including in their Super Bowl XXXVIII loss to New England.
According to law enforcement, it's rare for Smart to be "out of touch for this long." The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office wrote in a missing person advisory that "Mr. Smart's family is worried about his safety and well-being."
So far, there have been no leads as to Smart's status or location. Lancaster County law enforcement notes that he is believed to have been driving a a is currently looking for help from anyone who might know his whereabouts, and has asked people to call 803-283-3388 with any relevant information.