XFL’s ‘He Hate Me’ Rod Smart FOUND SAFE, Family Tells TMZ Sports

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XFL’s ‘He Hate Me’


Family Tells TMZ Sports

6/18/2019 3:22 PM PDT

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Family and police sources tell us Smart has been located and he’s safe. 

We’re told Smart is surrounded by family and in the process of getting professional treatment. 

Story developing … Rod Smart — who shot to fame in the XFL using the nickname “He Hate Me” — has gone missing and his family is extremely worried for his safety. 

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina has issued a Missing Person Advisory — noting 42-year-old Smart was last seen on June 12 around 10:30 AM. 

Cops say his family is “worried about his safety and well-being” — adding, “It is unusual for him to be out of touch for this long.”

He was last seen driving his silver 2016 Nissan Maxima with North Carolina tags. 

Rod Smart — real name Torrold Smart — was a star running back at Western Kentucky back in the day … and joined Vince McMahon‘s XFL football league when he wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft. 

In 2001, Smart was signed by the XFL’s Las Vegas Outlaws — which encouraged players to select a fun WWE-style nickname to rock on their jerseys … and Smart famously picked, “He Hate Me.”

Why the nickname? Smart told reporters at the time, “Basically, my opponent is going to hate me. After I win, he’s gonna hate me.”

Smart was so good in the XFL, he got looks from NFL teams and eventually signed with the Carolina Panthers … where he played from 2002 to 2005. 

After his football career, Smart reportedly worked as a personal trainer and a high school guidance counselor. 

Originally Published — 9:34 AM PT

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