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30 Days of Thanks


What’s going on y’all! It’s been a long time since I last posted, but I’m back! I’ve been very busy with the start of the season and being a new father. They are both tough but I cannot complain. Things have not gone the way that I planned this year YET (It will), but I’m still blessed to be living the dream. It’s so easy to consume our minds with the negatives in life and we sometimes forget to reflect on the positives. So my wife and I have decided to take the month of November (in honor or Thanksgiving), to set aside all complaints and focus on the things that we are thankful for (some of you may have heard of “30 Days of Thanks”). As a spin off of the orginal 30 Days of Thanks, we have created “Torrey and Chanel’s 30 Days of Thanks Challenge”.

The goal of our 30 Days of Thanks Challenge is to simply make a conscious effort to appreciate the simple things in life and the people who make our lives meaningful. Each day of November we will post something for which we are thankful, using the list we created below. Along the way, we will also be engaging in random acts of kindness and will have several opportunities for YOU to win special prizes.ior

So how exactly do you get involved?

  1. Follow my Facebook. Sqor, Instagram, and Twitter Page.
  2. Check each morning for my post to announce the directions and challenge for that day.
  3. Post your picture with the hashtag #TC30Days

*Remember, if you simply mention me on IG or Twitter I may not see it. You must use the hashtag #TC30Days so that we can check it out at night and see your posts.

In the end if everyone joins in we will make a lot of people happy. You’d be surprised at how much a random act of kindness, or kind words can change a person’s day. We can’t wait to see how people we help and/or acknowledge respond and we look forward to reading each of your posts as well. I’m personally looking forward to doing this with you guys as a challenge to myself. It’s easy to be happy and thankful when everything is going your way, but when you have struggles it should be the same way! (I’m talking to myself). Our challenge list is below. Lets do this!

Day 1: God/Faith

Day 2: Family

Day 3: Football

Day 4: Health

Day 5: Transportation

Day 6: Friends

Day 7: Job/Career

Day 8: Spouse/significant other

Day 9: Support/Fans

Day 10: Teachers

Day 11:Music

Day 12: Clean Water

Day 13: Service Workers

Day 14: Forgiveness

Day 15: Technology

Day 16: Children

Day 17: Education

Day 18: Entertainment

Day 19: Food

Day 20: Earth

Day 21: Clothes

Day 22: Freedom

Day 23:Coaches

Day 24: Money yu

Day 25: Shelter

Day 26: Pets

Day 27: Senses

Day 28: Doctors and Nurses

Day 29: Charity

Day 30: Life Itself




My First Father’s Day


           What’s going on y’all? It has been a long time since I’ve been on my blog and I can’t even blame it on time or the baby. I’ve simply been lazy the past few months but now I’m back just in time for my first Father’s Day! On April 4th my wife and I welcomed our baby boy into this world. I can truly say it has changed my life. Being a father is something that I take a lot of pride in for various reasons. I love the responsibility that comes with taking care of a new life that I helped create.

My wife and I share equal responsibility when it comes to raising our gift from God. WE ARE A TEAM. We may play separate roles, but neither is greater than the other. Torrey is going to need his mother’s caring and nurturing love. She will be there for him in a way that only a mother can be. He will need my unconditional love as well, even tough love at times. It is my job to protect and provide for him. I will be the example of what it is to be a man, husband, and father. Together we will support him while we continue to take care of each other and work towards being the best man and woman role models he could possibly have. From my life experiences I believe that this way of thinking will help us raise him to be the best man that he can be.

Everyone knows I grew up with my mother and younger siblings but no one ever mentions my father. Why? My mother and father never lived under the same roof. He was a military man down in North Carolina and it made it tough to be there and have a strong father son relationship. There is only so much a phone call or occasional visit can do. I didn’t realize until I was older that I built up defense mechanisms to avoid dealing with my feelings. So even if I didn’t think it bothered me, subconsciously it did.

Something as little as having support at a football games as a child changed my entire way of thinking. When I was younger NO ONE came to any of my games. My mom was either working or disinterested because she didn’t understand football until 8th grade (or later haha), and my father was obviously down in North Carolina or overseas. I would call other relatives and tell them to come to the games but NO ONE ever came. (Random Fact: My Grandma Lulu, Big Torrey, My Mom, and Dad (2x he was at war) were the only ones to ever see me play in high school). I used to look up into the stands when I did something good and 90% of the time I didn’t have a relative there. I grew older and just stopped looking into the stands and stopped picking up the phone to let people know I had a game.

It wasn’t until my wife started to get upset with me when I didn’t tell her about events that honored my accomplishments, that I started to think about it. I didn’t tell her because in my mind it wasn’t important. We argued many times because she felt that I didn’t want her there. In my mind I appreciated her support, but again in my mind “I didn’t need anyone there”. In college and now in the NFL she gets upset because all of my friends look up and wave to their family and I NEVER do it. As I sat back and thought about this, MY MIND WAS BLOWN. I thought I didn’t do it because I was focused on the game but all along I was fooling myself. It was because I was used to the disappointment of looking up and seeing no one there. What does all of this have to do with my son?

I now understand the importance of being there. I will be there for every doctor’s appointment, band recital, spelling bee, sporting event, school banquet, or whatever he will be a part of…because YES everything he does is important. I want him to know his dad will be there for everything so it’s the norm and expected by him. I don’t want it to be this big deal because I support him once every blue moon. I just want him to know that his dad loves him and truly cares for him.

My heart turned cold over the years but thanks to my wife and now my son I’m emotionally where I want to be. I tell my son I love him so he knows how to give and receive love. I always knew the people around me loved me but it wasn’t said, it was just actions. When they did say “I love you” it was flat out weird and I felt like an uncomfortable little kid. He will know that it’s ok to tell your family and friends how you feel about them. He will know that you can be tough and loving at the same time. He will also know that he changed my life.

My son has opened it up for my father and me to communicate on a different level. I think he will help us build our bond. At the end of the day I’m grown and I wouldn’t be the man that I am without the experiences I encountered in the past. I wouldn’t change a thing and I have no regrets. My biggest goal in life now is to make things right in the future, not only for me, but for my family as well. Even though my father wasn’t around for me he can now be there for his grandson (and other grandchildren when they come lol). He is very excited about being a grandfather and I know he will be a great one. Everything happens for a reason and TJ has been a blessing in more ways than one. I thank God for my son and my beautiful wife every day. They are my world! As I finish this blog post my son is currently waking up smiling ear to ear as always. I live for that. I live for him. I pray that you all have a Happy Father’s Day. If your father has passed on I hope that you cherish the times you had with him. If you are in the same boat as me, just remember it’s not too late to start over. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give it a try. Life is too short! Try to mend your relationships with your father (Mother). You may have had 99 bad years but maybe this next one will make it all worth it.

Counting Down to Fatherhood

What’s going on y’all. Hope all is well. I’m almost a week removed from my charity basketball game, which was amazing! The University of Maryland took great care of me and my foundation team worked their tails off. Nothing makes me happier than seeing kids smile and to think that any day now I will be looking at my own son is a blessing. We have come a long way since Chanel made me do the Prego picture even though it seems like it was yesterday. Torrey Jeremiah Smith will be making his way into the world and will change our lives forever. Being a Father is something that I take a lot of pride in for several reasons.


First and foremost, I am responsible for bringing him here. Not my mother, grandmother, or any other family member, so therefore I must provide for him. Everyone needs help at times but I knew I didn’t want to bring a child into this world if I didn’t have myself together. If I still needed to depend on someone, what good is that going to do my child? My wife and I are a team and we have very supportive families but they aren’t responsible for our child. Their job is to love and spoil them, not to make sure they have a meal to eat and a roof over their head. I wasn’t raised with my father in the house so it is something that I wanted to make sure I did the “right” way.


I wanted to be married before I had my first child. I take a lot of pride in that because I feel that is the way it should be done like in the old days. I’m not judging families that have kids before marriage, because I’m the product of that myself. I just knew that I wanted to be different than the growing trend of folks just having babies just to have them or become a statistic of the many men leaving the women as single mothers. I wanted to welcome a child into this world with the intent to grow as a family with my partner, not bring a child into this world because of a reckless night of “fun”. The more things I can do the “right way” the more my child will believe me when I preach it.


I want my son to look at me like I’m the best man in the world. With that I have to be the best man that I can be. I can’t send mixed signals and that puts pressure on me to live my life a certain way. If I’m blessed with a daughter one day I want to show her how a man should treat her in hopes that she knows what to look for when she gets married. Am I perfect? No, but I’m trying to place higher standards on myself in hopes that I will live a certain way. I still have a lot of growing to do as an individual to reach those standards but I’m going to work hard to get there.


In my opinion the best leaders are those whose actions speak louder than their words. When it comes to parenting I want to show my son better than I can tell him. With that I must better myself! He doesn’t even know that he has changed my life and he isn’t even here yet. I will give my all to him and let him know that it is ok to love someone and tell them that you love them. That is something that I struggled with because I never really heard it growing up. If I did, the actions didn’t really add up to me so I never really believed it no matter who was saying it. I want to make sure that he has an open mind and open heart. That he can give and receive love, be respectful, and give more than he takes. These are all things that will not happen overnight but I will do my part in making sure he is a well-balanced young man. I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a parent. I believe that everything happens for a reason and he is here for a reason! Now I must raise him to be a better man than I could ever dream of being. Can’t wait to meet little TJ. IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!!!!!

Giving Back


What’s going on y’all? Hope all is well. It’s been a busy week for me that was finished off by a huge Terps win! I’m excited about my latest random blog post because it has been what my life has been about for the past few weeks.  If you read my blog or twitter (@torreysmithwr), you would know that I love giving back.  I have been doing it as long as I can remember, even when I had nothing but time to give.  It is something that I have always enjoyed even when my own family needed help.

I was raised by two hardworking women, my mother and grandmother. They worked as a team for my family to provide us with the things we needed.  My mother often worked two jobs and it was still hard to make ends meet.  We moved around a lot and spent some nights not knowing where we would sleep. Throughout my childhood, there were several people who reached out to help my family when we needed it most. Sometimes help came from people we least expected it from, organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House (I was born premature), my counselors, coaches, etc. That is why being in the position I am in now makes everything more rewarding.  I know what it is like to struggle and now I have the opportunity to help others who are in the same shoes that I once wore. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to live a dream but I understand that there is a bigger purpose and more responsibility for me out there. Being a professional athlete has been a platform for me to help others, just as those who did for my family and me, and for that I am thankful.

Through my foundation ( we have been able to help thousands of families, each year planning to reach more. Our annual programs include the Back to School Supply Program, Turkey Drive, and our Holiday Toy Drive. This year we have added The Torrey Smith Reading Rooms, and will be giving away our first Tevin Jones Scholarship Fund, which will grant 5,000 to four students planning to attend college. None of these programs would be possible without support from our sponsors and YOU! Our most anticipated annual event is my Charity Basketball Game, which will help us raise money to launch new programs this year, including a mentoring program. If this is your first year attending the game, here is what you can expect:


Doors open at 4:00PM. During this time you can walk the runway and visit Pixilated Photobooth, get your face painted, visit concession stands, find Poe and Testudo walking the concourse, or jump the gun and find your seat ( there is open seating but no worries, everyone will get a good view of the game). The game starts at 5:00 with the singing of our National Anthem by our contest winner Sarah Rodriguez!

During the Game:

If you love to watch your favorite players on the football field, you will definitely enjoy seeing them out of their element and on the basketball court. Each year the players, well most players, bring their “A game” to the court. The game will be full of fun and laughs but let’s be clear, each team wants to win. And might I add the Ravens side has won EVERY YEAR. You can expect everything from slam-dunks and crossovers to air balls and countless turnovers. You’d be surprised by how athletic some of these players are. Throughout the game there will be music from our live DJ, timeout activities, t-shirt tosses, autographed football tosses, and my favorite “Dance for your dinner”. A few lucky guests will also be chosen for upgraded seats to come sit courtside!


During halftime you can enjoy a performance by the Mini Dance Troupe, Gymkana will perform their action packed acrobatic performance, and we will announce our 2014 Tevin Jones Scholarship Fund winners!

My foundation has been working extremely hard to make this event one to remember. It will be fun and entertaining for all ages. With your support, the Torrey Smith Foundation will continue to reach out to families in need and will be able to support thousands of underprivileged youth. Just think, a little support goes such a long way. We have big plans for the 2014-2015 year, so come out to have a good time while supporting a great cause!

Game is on March 29th, 2014 at the Comcast Center (UMD). Tickets available on Spread the word!

Life After Football


What’s going on y’all?  This past week has been a pretty busy one for me. Between working out, and getting things organized for my charity basketball game, (go to for info) I neglected my blog but HERE I AM. Today I was up since 5:00 this morning visiting different stations to promote my game. I even got the chance to be a traffic reporter, which quickly reminded me that I need to stick to my day job. Yesterday I had the opportunity to be a part of something that I am proud of and truly thankful for.  Through my foundation (The Torrey Smith Foundation), along with the help from Scholastic and Home Depot, we were able to create a reading oasis covered in purple and gold, filled with 1,200 books for the students at Dickey Hill Elementary School. While I was there, I was able to hang out with the students, read them a book, and answer a few questions. It was a very rewarding experience.  One bright young man asked me “What would you be doing if you didn’t play football?”. This is a question that I am often asked, and to be honest I think about all of the time, which is what inspired me to write this post.

I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Criminal Justice.  When I choose my major I thought that I was going to be the next Horatio Caine…that is until my professor told me that 90% of CSI is fake! So I had to settle in on the fact that my future wouldn’t be that extreme but I could still find a great career within my major.  From that point on I saw my major as a way to get into the government to work, whether it be through the FBI or maybe even law school (If you follow me on twitter you would know that I love a good debate).  Then there’s communications, which would have been minor had I not left college early. Since I’ve been in the NFL I have grown to love the communications aspect of being an athlete. I am a very social person, and love interacting with people so it seems like a natural fit right?  As you can see my mind is everywhere and the possibilities are endless.

Thankfully I don’t have to make that decision today but I continue to try to find out what I would enjoy doing when I do decide to “hang my cleats up” for good.  It is something that a lot of athletes avoid thinking about until it is too late.  I try to “keep it real” understanding that it could happen at any moment, my next play, workout, or even next car trip.  It’s harsh but life always throws curveballs and you need to prepare yourself for every situation.  During the offseason I really try to take full advantage of my free time by networking and exploring different career fields.  Last off-season, I interned with Rep. Elijah Cummings. It was a great experience for me learning the ins and outs of what he does and more specifically what his team does to help the people of Baltimore.  His staff was amazing and I learned a lot from them.

This season I will be participating in the NFL: Consumer Product Boot Camp, which is one of the many transitional programs that the NFL offers. .  The consumer product industry is interesting to me because it focuses on the business side of things, from establishing a business to marketing strategies.  The NFL has some powerful people running this camp that will teach us everything that we need to know in order to run a successful business.  Do I want to be a business owner? I have no clue, but I do know that I can learn and grow from this camp experience.  It is another way for me to figure out what I’m interested in and expand my knowledge.

I did a lot of writing and never truly said what I wanted to do with my life when I’m done with football.  I feel like I’m a senior in high school all over again who doesn’t know what to major in.  There is only one way to find out and it’s simple.  Go figure out what you like! You have time but not forever. That’s my approach to figuring this thing out.  Who knows what I will be doing next offseason. I can tell you it will not be traffic reporting, I’ll leave that to Candace.


First Post: Michael Sam

Hello Ravens Nation! I’m excited to move my thoughts from twitter (@torreysmithwr) WordPress.  As some of you may know, I am very vocal and enjoy talking about current events, and any random thoughts that cross my mind.  Having the ability to interact with others via social media has been amazing, and blogging will take it to another level.  There is no better time than now! My offseason consists of working out in the morning, coming home to my beautiful pregnant wife Chanel, sharing laughs with her nephew Kyleem, and talking to you guys on twitter and Instagram.  Not too glamorous for a professional athlete, but it is THE LIFE to me.  Lets jump straight into it. My first post will talk about something that is considered controversial to some…..Michael Sam announcing that he is gay.

I would personally like to applaud Michael Sam for being the first in this profession to be open and honest about his sexuality. This shows his courage and strength.  I will not call him a hero because that title belongs to the soldiers who defend our freedom, our right to practice our religion, and even our right to choose our sexual orientation.  I will call him a man. A man who has proudly stepped to the forefront of an ongoing and controversial topic, to say who he is and what he stands for. So many children and adults struggle with the battle that

Michael just won.  He doesn’t have to live a secret life and can live “freely”.  Can you imagine living your entire life knowing that you can never truly be yourself, simply because it’s different than how society feels you are “supposed” to be?  Chasing your dreams, knowing the consequences of being yourself could be detrimental to your career? If you can do your job well, why does it matter what you do in your personal life? No man or woman should ever have to deal with that stress, especially in this country.

I was recently asked if I would mind playing with an openly gay man. My response? Absolutely not! If he is a great football player and can help us win our next Super  Bowl, I could care less about who or what he likes as long as he performs on the field.  Some may argue that it could effect the chemistry in the locker room but that shouldn’t be an issue. Most men are comfortable with their sexuality.  The University of Missouri football team is proof of that. If a group of athletes 18-22 years old can handle having an openly gay teammate, why can’t a group of professional athletes?  Things may have been a little different 15-20 years ago, but society is different now. As long as there is a reciprocation of respect, the locker room environment shouldn’t be an issue.

There will continue to be an ongoing debate concerning this topic, but let’s face the facts. Many of us (players), and people in general, have openly gay family members and friends (I happen to be one of them). If we could bet (I’m just using the phrase Mr. Goodell), I would say there are plenty of other guys, playing in the NFL right now, who are living secret lives, too afraid to be open about their sexuality.  Michael Sam may have given those guys hope that they can be themselves and that we (society/NFL) will accept it.  Michael Sam may have been the first to do it, but he will not be the last. Don’t judge him based on his sexual preference; judge him based on his talent on the field.  At the end of the day, if he could help the 2014 Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl, I would welcome him any day of the week. I am just one voice of many athletes around the NFL who feel the same way.  Best of luck to Michael Sam.