Chris Smith, a defensive end who spent eight seasons in the National Football League, died recently, according to West Rowan High School in North Carolina.
According to the New York Post, no information on the cause of death was revealed.
"May this legend of West Rowan County rest in peace!" West Rowan High School's football account tweeted on Monday.
Chris was not only a great player, but also a wonderful person!" His impact on everyone around him will live on in their memories forever!
Very terrible news," said David Whisenant, a reporter who has won an Emmy for his work. Chris Smith, a former NFL and West Virginia University player, died at the age of 31.
According to Mike Kaye of the Charlotte Observer's story on the Carolina Panthers, "Chris Smith had a smile that could light up any room he was in.
This is very upsetting. He was worried about his family, particularly his children.Earlier this season, he appeared in four XFL games for the Seattle Sea Dragons, recording five tackles.