Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith – Biography, Career

This post is about the personal life and career of Rodney Smith, letting you know everything necessary.


  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on February 28, 1996
  • An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, USA
  • An American football running back who is presently a free agent

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Who is Rodney Smith?

Rodney Smith is an American football player who plays as a running back. He stands at 5’ 11” and weighs 210 pounds. Rodney has played for several football teams, including Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Pittsburgh Maulers. Currently, he is a free agent and is not a member of any football team.

While playing in the National Football League (NFL), he had 156 rushing yards, 107 receiving yards, 14 receptions, and one rushing touchdown. He recorded a rushing average of 3.8.

Rodney Smith running back

Personal Life (Early/recent)      

Rodney Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on February 28, 1996. He attended Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro, Georgia, USA, where he played college football with The Tigers. Rodney graduated from high school in 2014, having helped to lead the school’s team to achieve its greatest record, rushing 261 times for 2,201 yards.

He then attended the University of Minnesota, where he was part of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.


Rodney Smith has a history of playing both football and baseball. He ended his baseball career winning the Region 4-AAAAA Player of the Year in Georgia. The Carolina Panthers football team signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2020. While ESPN and Scout ranked him a three-star prospect, Rivals named him a two-star prospect as of his recruitment time. 247Sports regarded him as the 71st Best Running Back in the recruiting class of the year 2014.

Rodney Smith American football player

He was redshirted in 2014 and was able to rush for 670 yards and two touchdowns playing in 12 of Minnesota’s 13 games in the 2015 season. During his sophomore season, he started most games while splitting the overall workload with Shannon Brooks, who was also a sophomore at this time.

Rodney Smith started his senior season in 2018 leaving a lasting impression winning 48–10 and rushing for 156 yards playing against New Mexico State. He tore his left knee’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during his next game. The injury made him unable to participate in the remaining games for the season.

On November 23, 2021, the Tennessee Titans signed him into their practice squad and released him on December 8. Two days later, on December 11, he joined the practice squad of the Detroit Lions but was released barely a month later on January 8, 2022.

On March 13, 2023, Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Rodney Smith and released him on about three days later, on June 4. The team re-signed him on June 20 and finally let go on July 25.

On September 23, 2023, his current team, Pittsburgh Maulers, signed him until their disbanding, making him a free agent.

Awards and recognitions

Below is a list of Rodney Smith’s achievements and awards, from when he started his football career to date:

  • 2019 – Second-team All-Big Ten
  • 2016 – Third-team All-Big Ten
  • Offensive MVP Award for the Holiday Bowl
  • First Team All-State honors

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