Torrey Smith's Inspiring Performance on Sunday Night Football

Torrey Smith's inspiring Sunday night performance

9/24/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Torrey Smith's Inspiring Performance on Sunday Night FootballShortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, Ravens' second year wide receiver Torrey Smith was given some of the toughest news for any person to hear. Smith was told that his 19 year old brother, Tevin, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Smith immediately left the Ravens' hotel to be with his family, and the football game against the Patriots he was scheduled to play in that night was the least of his worries. Suffering such a tragic loss, the Ravens didn't expect Smith to play, and they were more than understanding of why.

Smith was like a father to his six younger siblings, raising them from a young age. When he was six years old, his mother attended community college while working two jobs to support her children, and Torrey took on the responsibilities of changing diapers, doing laundry, and preparing food for his family. While many would consider Torrey's actions to be outstanding, he is humble about all that he has done. "For every one of me, there are a million people in my situation," Smith said. He noted that there are a million other situations where "a kid has to help his family - make a decision whether to be positive or turn his back and go the wrong way."

Smith's loss of his brother is almost like a father's loss of his son. Smith didn't just grow up with Tevin - he helped raise him. To focus on a football game so soon after hearing such tragic news would be an exceptional feat for even the toughest of minds.

However, on just an hour of sleep, Torrey Smith showed up for the Ravens' pregame warmups and told the team that he was ready for the game. "It was tough. I didn't know until 4 o'clock if I was going to play," Smith said. "Emotionally, I didn't know how I was going to hold up."

After suiting up and hearing a moment of silence for his lost brother, Smith held up just fine. He made a 25 yard touchdown catch off of a great double move early in the second quarter to get the Ravens back in business after going down 13-0, after which he pointed to the sky for Tevin.

Smith often appeared stoic on the sidelines, and his mind seemed to be elsewhere as he sat on the bench, understandably so. However, when he took the field, he was all football. He notched his second score of the day on a beautiful touchdown catch with 4:01 remaining in the game, a clutch play that cut the lead to two for the Ravens. After forcing the Patriots to punt, the Ravens were able to drive down the field and squeeze a field goal just inside the right upright for the one point victory.
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9/24/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

He was amazing yesterday.  My heart breaks for him and his family.