CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard called off the search Tuesday for two NFL players and a third man lost at sea off the Florida coast after their boat capsized during a fishing trip.
The Coast Guard said it doesn't believe anyone is on the surface of the water and the search would end at sundown. Still missing in rough, cold water were Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley.
"We're extremely confident that if there are any survivors on the surface of the water that we would have found them," Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Close said.
Corey Smith played defensive end for the Wolfpack from 1998-2001 under coaches Mike O'Cain and Chuck Amato.
He ranks seventh in school history in career sacks (15.5) and 11th in tackles for loss (31). He signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2002 and played there for two seasons. He was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004-05 and has been with the Detroit Lions since 2006.