Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has been a standout football player since his high school days, but he hasn’t always been a wide receiver; Smith started the game doing a little bit of everything.
A 2004 article in the “Free-Lance Star” of Fredericksburg, Va., notes that Torrey Smith, then a student at Stafford High School and member of the school’s Indians football squad, returned a kickoff for 52 yards at the beginning of the game, then returned a punt for 63 yards and a touchdown, while also playing as quarterback.
“Torrey can do those types of things for us,” the Free-Lance Star quotes Smith’s coach, Roger Pierce, as saying. “We expect him to do those things.”
While Smith now has his position–wide receiver–nailed down, things haven’t really changed in the sense that Ravens fans still expect him to ”do those things.”
A Raven since the start of his NFL career, Smith has delivered, making 209 receptions, scoring 29 touchdowns, and gaining 3,508 yards since the Ravens selected him as the 58th pick in 2011. He has started all but two games in his professional career.
Off the field, he has distinguished himself as well. The Torrey Smith Foundation, according to Smith’s website, torreysmith.org, plans to “have touched the lives of 35,000 children by 2016.” The foundation has a wide array of programs, including Torrey’s Reading Oasis, an initiative to place reading rooms in Baltimore City Public Schools next fall; Torrey’s Back to School Program, in which 600 underprivileged kids are given the supplies they need to start the school year; and Torrey’s Turkey Day, in which underprivileged kids and their families receive Thanksgiving dinners.
Earlier this month, through his Teaming Up with Torrey program, Smith, with help from partners, fulfilled the Christmas wish lists of eight families, collected 1000 stuffed animals for needy children, and donated blankets to homeless veterans, according to torreysmith.org.
Perhaps all this holiday cheer will give Smith extra charge as the Ravens face the Cleveland Browns in their final regular-season game this Sunday.