South Carolina sheriff’s office searching for missing former Carolina Panther


Rod Smart of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Getty Images)

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LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A sheriff is asking for help finding a missing man who used to play for the Carolina Panthers.

Update:  Former Carolina Panthers player reported missing in South Carolina found safe

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old Torrold Smart, also known as Rod Smart, was last seen at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Indian Land, South Carolina.

“It is unusual for him to be out of touch for this long,” the sheriff’s office said. “Mr. Smart’s family is worried about his safety and well-being.”

Deputies believe he is driving a silver 2016 Nissan Maxima with North Carolina tags PJRI1759.

He is described as a 6-foot-tall man weighing about 199 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

The Herald reports he is a former player for the Carolina Panthers.

He spent four seasons between 2002 and 2005 with the Carolina Panthers, including winning the NFC Championship in 2003.

Smart also played for the Las Vegas Outlaws of the short-lived XFL, where he went by the nickname “He Hate Me.”

Anyone with information about Smart’s whereabouts is asked to call (803) 283-3388.

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