Chicago Bears top draft pick Roquan Smith is learning one of major negatives of the trappings of fame.
Smith, the No. 8 overall pick of the Bears in this year’s NFL Draft, had his University of Georgia jersey and helmet stolen, according to a posting by his aunt on social media.
Shaquwanda Baker wrote about the alleged theft of Smith’s equipment on her Twitter account on Saturday, along with a plea for anyone with information about the items to come forward.
“Dawg Nation my nephew Roquan Smith has worked sooo hard to play in his UGA jersey and helmet and to one day take it off and hang it on his wall,” Baker wrote. “However, over the past few hours, someone took that away from him by wrongfully taking those items from his property in Athens.”
Smith helped lead Georgia to the national championship game last season, winning the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football.
The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Smith amassed 137 tackles, including 14 for loss, 6.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries during his stellar junior season. He clocked a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Smith’s aunt said a number of items were taken from Smith’s property in Athens, Ga., but said the helmet and jersey were “more dear to his heart” and asked for support in getting them returned.
“My prayer is that the person who committed the crime will deal with their issues and that anyone who knows of information related to this crime will report it immediately to the Athens Police Dept,” Baker rote. “There were a lot of items taken but none more near and dear to his heart than his UGA jersey and helmet.”
Georgia inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann also sent out a posting on Twitter in seeking assistance to retrieve Smith’s stolen equipment.
“Can’t believe this,” Schumann twetted. “DawgNation PLEASE help get to the bottom of this!! Roquan has given his heart and soul to this University and to see something like this happen is heartbreaking.”