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Torrey Smith’s performance on Sunday Night was so inspiring. Not only did he show the world how to stare extreme adversity in the face and overcome it driven by love of family, he served up a clinic on how to execute and remain focused for the benefit of those who counted on him. It was pure selflessness in its finest form.

During a season appropriately given the credo, “TEAM”, Torrey was the quintessential teammate last night.

Here are a few of the things he shared with the media after the game:

On what he was thinking when he scored ~ “I just said a quick prayer, took a knee. You know, 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. I texted my mom [when] I got here to the stadium. That’s when I really made my decision I was going to play. So she was excited about it. She was like, ‘Of course, he’d want you to play.’ He’d admired me so much, which is what makes it so much, and it’s just a tough situation altogether. I’m just glad I was here with my family. We got this win and look forward to going on to the next [game] Thursday.”

On what the pre-game moment of silence meant to him ~ “That touched me right there, the fact that the organization took the time out to honor my brother, one of my family members, who had absolutely nothing to do with this program besides me. It meant a lot when they came to me and told me. I was kind of in shock. I was like I would definitely love it. He loved being up here. His birthday was Oct. 6, coming up. He was going to come up Thursday, come to the game versus the Browns, raid my house all week. I’m just thankful [for] the organization, it’s everything I thought it would be. The way they care about you. That’s the reason I wanted to be in Baltimore. That’s the reason I wanted to be a Raven.”

 On what made his brother such a special guy ~ “It’s hard to explain. You had to be around him. He’s honest, he had a great heart. A lot of people say that all the time when people pass, but he truly was that person. When you see him mad, you’d always laugh because it didn’t look right. So, to be around him, his big smile and his laugh, which was probably one of the most annoying laughs ever, I’m definitely going to miss him. He laughed so hard at everything, and you know, he’d do anything for you. It’s a tough loss for us.”

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