Just hours after learning of his brother’s death, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver turned in an emotional performance for the ages as his Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots in the Sunday Night Football game.
Just before midnight on Saturday night, Smith’s younger brother, Tevin, was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle in Virginia. Torrey learned of his brother’s death around 2 AM on Sunday, yet told his team and coaches that he wanted to play. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told his receiver that it was entirely up to him as to if he felt he could play or not.
Smith knew that he wanted to play, but would only do so if he felt he could focus on the game and help his team win.
“Being a receiver, you have to have your mind clear,” Smith said. “You can’t have anything weighing on you. That’s going to cause you to drop the ball or have mistakes. I didn’t want to hurt my team.”
He did quite the opposite.
In a game for the ages in terms of true inspiration, Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. After catching his first touchdown in the second quarter, Smith told reporters what was going through his mind.
“I just said a quick prayer (and) took a knee,” said Smith. “Obviously, you play with a heavy heart. You want to play for that person. My mom, all my family, everyone’s back at the house watching. They didn’t even know I was going to play until the last minute.”
The Ravens honored Tevin with a moment of silence prior to the game.
Smith scored his second touchdown in the fourth quarter that brought the Ravens to within 30-28. After a game winning field goal kick by Justin Tucker as time expired, the Ravens had picked up a huge win. And Smith could put the finishing touches on a long, emotional day.
“It was tough. I didn’t know until 4 o’clock if I was going to play,” Smith said. “I only had like an hour of sleep. Emotionally, I didn’t know how I was going to hold up. When I came here, the more I was grounded. The more comfortable I began to feel. I’m glad I came back up here. It helped me out a lot.”
It also helped the Ravens win. Last night, they both needed each other.
Smith helped the Ravens pick up a big victory,
The Ravens and Smith’s teammates helped him get through one of the toughest days of his life.