At 35 years old, Torrey Smith has this physical status:
Smith did not participate in redshirt season at Maryland in 2007 and was named the best scout team player of the year as a freshman. He had been named the scout team player of the week before the Florida State game. Smith went from playing quarterback to wide receiver in summer camp, a position he had no expertise with in high school. "He's like a sponge," Darrius Heyward-Bey, a teammate, said. He's putting it all in and asking a lot of questions, which is good for a receiver." After Isaiah Williams sustained an injury, he trained with the first team in December.
Smith earned praise from the Maryland coaching staff during summer workouts before the 2008 season, and The Washington Times predicted that Smith, along with receiver Ronnie Tyler, would get significant playing time. He appeared in all 13 games and started in the last six games of the season. As a kickoff returner, he saw action on special teams. Smith had 24 receptions for 336 yards and two touchdowns. The Baltimore Sun praised Smith for helping an unstable Maryland team maintain good field position with their long kick returns.
Smith punched four kicks for 86 yards against Middle Tennessee. The following week, he caught his first three yards against #23 California in his first career appearance. Smith finished with two receptions for 58 yards and four kickoffs for 126 yards against Eastern Michigan. Smith scored his first collegiate touchdown on a third-quarter pass from quarterback Chris Turner at #20 Clemson's 20-17 comeback. Against Virginia, he had 144 return yards.
Smith returned the first kick 34 yards and gained two passes for eight yards in a 26–0 victory over #21 Wake Forest. Smith made his NC State debut against NC State and had four kickoff returns for 85 yards, beating the school single-season kickoff return yards record for a freshman, which was surpassed by Da'Rel Scott in 2007. Smith blocked a punt against Virginia Tech and led the team with 163 all-purpose yards, including 62 receiving yards. Against 16th-ranked North Carolina, he had one reception for 12 yards.
Smith grew his role and was promoted over Isaiah Williams as the number-two receiver across from Darrius Heyward-Bey in the latter part of the season. Ralph Friedgen, the head coach, promised that his presence would help decrease the coverage of Heyward-Bey and praised Smith's blocking ability in the running game. Smith set a new school record for single-season kickoff return yards against Florida State, which was previously held by cornerback Josh Wilson. He had 119 all-purpose yards, including one 13-yard reception. Smith posted his best-of-seasons against Boston College, which was ranked 21st-ranked Boston College, with 245 all-purpose yards and eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Nevada, snaping the bowl's previous record of 98 yards. It was also the first time a Maryland player returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a bowl game. Smith had 42 kickoffs for 1,089 yards, a new Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record. Smith led the team with 1,425 all-purpose yards, putting him ahead of starting running back Da'Rel Scott, who had 1,304 yards.
Smith reportedly failed in Maryland's summer camp, dividing his time between exercise and online courses at night, before the 2009 season. Head coach Ralph Friedgen expressed an improvement in his results during camp, renaming Smith as the team's top receiver alongside Adrian Cannon.
Smith played in all twelve games, including ten as a starter, and he has scored 824 receiving yards and two touchdowns, 51 kickoff returns for 1,309 yards and two touchdowns, and eleven rushing attempts for 59 yards and one touchdown. His kickoff return yardage tied for the highest single-season record set by the previous year. Smith finished the season ranked sixth in all-purpose yards in the United States. He was one of two players, alongside Donald Buckram of UTEP, to post more than 260 all-purpose yards in three games. Smith led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and return yards. Smith's 2,192 all-purpose yards were the second-most all-purpose yards ever recorded by an ACC player behind only C. J. Spiller of Clemson.
In the season's opener at #12 California, he had one pass for 28 yards and made two rushing attempts for 16 yards. James Madison, Smith, of Division I FC, had eight passes for 80 yards, two for 22 yards, and a touchdown, and had four kickoffs 127 yards, with one intercepting one 81 yards. "I was just expecting more out of Torrey despite the good statistical results," head coach Ralph Friedgen said. I have a lot of faith in him. I'm not surprised at all about the return yards. However, I suspect Torrey has high hopes for himself. Smith acknowledged the criticism in his second season as a wide receiver, but also acknowledged that he had a lot of room for growth. In the Middle Tennessee game, he had five receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and he had four passes for 112 yards against Rutgers. He led the team in scoring with three receptions for 64 yards and a 29-yard touchdown against Clemson and became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards on the season. Smith punched 194 yards against Wake Forest, totaling six kickoffs 194 yards and a touchdown. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist of the Week for his work. "This kid is obviously a better receiver [than Darrius Heyward-Bey]," Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe said. He's got the ball faster, and he has a ton of foot speed. It can be difficult running the ball or catching it. He's a problem everywhere you look.
Smith was named as the special teams captain for the Virginia game by Coach Friedgen. During the game, Virginia decided to kick the ball away from Smith on kickoffs, but quarterback Chris Turner did not bother him until the fourth quarter. He had three receptions for 34 yards and no returns. At Duke, he had two receptions for 13 yards. He had eight passes for 64 yards and a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown at North Carolina State. During the game, he tied for the first time he had set was surpassed by ACC single-season kickoff return yards, which he had not set the previous season. He had four receptions for 55 yards against 21st-ranked Virginia Tech, seven receptions for 71 yards against Florida State, and six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown against Boston College.
Smith was called both a wide receiver and return specialist by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association during the season. As a wide receiver, Phil Steele and The Sporting News named him to their All-ACC first teams. As a kick returner, Phil Steele's and Rivals.com have selected him to their All-ACC second squads. After the season, Smith submitted his name to a committee of NFL scouts, who selected him as a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Smith returned to Maryland for the 2010 season to raise his NFL draft stock, complete his criminal justice and criminal justice degree, and raise the team's record from a 2nd-place finish the year before. "I'll have the same talk with the same people [about the proposal]," he said. My goal is to improve what happened last year." The coaching staff planned to improve Smith's effectiveness by playing him fewer snaps in an attempt to keep him fresh before the season began. Smith accounted for 90 of starting quarterback Jamarr Robinson's 146 passing yards, including a "fingertip catch in the end zone" on the first drive, and the two roommates were said to have a positive rapport. Smith was one of the list of finalists for the Paul Hornung Award and Biletnikoff Award before the season.
Maryland kicked away from the elusive return man in the 2010 season against Navy. Smith scored on a 24-yard pass from backup quarterback Danny O'Brien and a five-yard pass from starter Jamarr Robinson in the home opener against Morgan State. In Maryland's failed comeback attempt against 21st-ranked West Virginia, Smith scored two touchdowns of 60 and 80 yards. Sports Illustrated named Smith as a rising quarterback for the 2011 NFL Draft and home-run speed after the West Virginia game, describing him as "a true vertical threat with NFL size and home runs hitting speed." Danny O'Brien, a redshirt freshman, has earned the starting quarterback job after Jamarr Robinson sustained a shoulder injury, and the rookie soon "had chemistry" with Smith. Smith finished with eight receptions for 159 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown grab and a 32-yard kick that resulted in another score. After his touchdown grab, he limped off the field, but later said, "I was fine." "I was Jim Browning." He was limited in practice the following week, but he did get off to Durham against Duke and had a 44-yard reception on a first-half scoring drive. Smith's lingering ankle injury continued to bother him, and head coach Ralph Friedgen considered using punt returner Tony Logan for kickoff returns until he fully recovered. In a 31-7 loss to Clemson, Smith had four receptions for 55 yards, but his recovery was slowed due to his sore ankle that kept him out of practice. "I don't like being out [practices], Smith said. I feel like I'm leaving my coworkers out to dry. I didn't fight with them all week." Friedgen said in the future, he will hold players who did not arrive before a game by the Thursday.
Da'Rel Scott, running back for Boston College, handled some of the kickoff return duties, but Smith completed two for 38 yards. He also caught eight passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Maryland secured bowl eligibility with a 62-14 victory over Wake Forest the following week. Smith predicted to be in this situation after the previous season's 2–10 record. "No one else expected it," she said, but "No one is going to honor us [yet] because we haven't beaten any top dogs." Smith had five receptions for 66 yards, with a 17-yard touchdown catch. Smith's ankles had weakened and he was "as fit as he had been in a long time" before the game against Miami, according to the coaching staff. He had three receptions for 35 yards against Miami. Smith also rushed for 46 yards on two kickoff returns to set a new ACC career kickoff return yards record of 2,724 yards, which was more than double the previous record of 2,688 yards held by Brandon Tate of North Carolina. Smith at Virginia took advantage of the Cavaliers' man-to-man coverage to have seven receptions for 157 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. On a 62-yard catch, he said he was tackled on the seven-yard line only because he was drained. Danny O'Brien, a quarterback, expressed his willingness to throw deep passes to Smith in single coverage, "I even put it up." Maryland defeated 25th-ranked Florida State in the ACC Atlantic Division championship race. Smith sent a text and video appealing to fans in the hopes of raising home attendance, which had been lacking throughout the season. The game attracted 48,115 people, which exceeded the athletic department's expectations. Maryland lost by 30-16, and Smith had seven receptions for 69 yards.
Smith put on a record-breaking performance against #23 North Carolina State, in which he had a career-high 14 receptions for 224 yards and four touchdowns. Smith had catches of 10, 11, 12, and 71 yards, and his efforts helped Maryland beat Maryland 38-31, despite the fact that there were no rushing yards. Smith set a new school record for career all-purpose yardage during the game, beating Lamont Jordan's previous record of 4,960 yards. His four touchdown receptions in a single game set a school record, beating Vernon Davis, Guilian Gary, Jermaine Lewis, and James Milling's previous record of three touchdown receptions. Smith's total score of twelve touchdowns also set a school record, beating Jermaine Lewis' record of nine touchdowns. Marcus Badgett was the second Maryland receiver to reach over 1,000 yards in a single season. The Atlantic Coast Conference named him the Week's Offensive Back of the Week for his efforts.
Smith was drafted as a wide receiver for the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in the regular season. Smith had two catches for ten yards against East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl. He announced himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft in order to better assist his family members shortly after the game. Mel Kiper Jr., an ESPN draft analyst, said that while Smith may have hoped to make it to the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he would most likely be chosen in either the second or third rounds.
In the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Smith with the 58th overall pick. Smith, who completed the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the combine, was described as a huge threat to the team's continued success.
Smith, who had been criticized for a lack of resources in the first two weeks, put on a record-breaking performance against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. He scored on each of his first three career receptions in the first quarter, 74-, 41-, and 18-yard touchdowns. The 74-yard completion of quarterback Joe Flacco's career until it was tied, then surpassed in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He was the first NFL rookie and only the 12th player to have three touchdown receptions in a single quarter. In the 37–7 victory, Smith had five receptions for 152 yards.
On November 6, 2011, Smith recorded a 26-yard game-winning touchdown against the division's rival Steelers. Smith finished 6 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 20, 2011, with a 49-yard touchdown from Joe Flacco.
He finished the season with 50 receptions, 841 passing yards, 52.6 yards per game, and 7 touchdowns (the last led the team and was tied two years later by Marlon Brown).
The Ravens faced the New England Patriots, who were ranked one in the AFC Championship Game. He had three catches for 82 yards in the game.
Smith's younger brother Tevin Jones died in a motorcycle accident early in Monday's NBC Sunday Night Football rematch with the Patriots, leaving the former star distraught. Smith, who played and led his team in receptions (6), receiving yards (127) and receiving touchdowns (2), which helped the Ravens beat the Browns 31-30. For his effort, he was given the game ball.
Smith completed 67 yards in a Week 10 match against the Oakland Raiders, scoring two touchdowns and totaling 67 yards. In an overtime victory on December 23, Smith led to a season-high 144 yards and seven catches.
Smith finished the year with 48 catches, 855 yards, and a record-tying high 8 touchdown receptions.
In a 38-35 double overtime victory over the Denver Broncos, Smith caught both a 59-yard pass and a 32-yard pass for touchdowns. He had three catches, 98 yards, and two touchdowns in the game.
Smith would face the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, winning Super Bowl XLVII, giving him his first Super Bowl ring. Smith finished the game with two catches for a total of 35 yards.
Smith began the 2013 season as the Ravens' starting receiver, despite the fact that wide receiver Anquan Boldin was free agent.
In Week 2, Smith passed for 85 yards and five passes for 92 yards in Week 3. In a Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills, he scored his first touchdown of the season. He finished the game with five passes for a total of 166 yards and one with a 74-yard field catch. Smith won over the Miami Dolphins on October 6, 2013, passing six passes for 121 yards.
In Weeks 10, 11 and 11, Smith had back-to-back touchdowns against the Bengals and Bears. Smith made a 54-yard catch on the Ravens' first offensive play of the season, followed by a touchdown pass three plays later. He won by 22-20 with six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
In Week 15, Smith reached his 1,000 yard receiving record for the first time in his career. He was also the first Ravens-drafted receiver to reach 1,000 yards for the team. Smith finished the year with 65 receptions, 1,128 yards, and four touchdowns.
Smith started the season as the Ravens' starting wide receiver, but Steve Smith Sr. replaced him after he left the league early in the season.
Smith finished with four passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns on October 26, 2014, when he was assisting Joe Flacco in setting the NFL record for the fastest time to record five touchdown passes (16 minutes and 3 seconds). The Ravens defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48–17. Smith would score the game-sealing touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons the following week. Flacco threw a pass to Smith with less than two minutes remaining in the game and facing a fourth down. It was a 39-yard touchdown. As the Ravens defeated the Browns, Smith would finish the game with three receptions, 81 yards, and the 39 yard touchdown.
The Ravens defeated the New Orleans Saints on November 24. When the Ravens defeated 34–27, Smith was tied for the game's top receiver, with Saint Kenny Stills as the game's top receiver, with five receptions for 98 yards.
Smith scored the game's opening touchdown against the San Diego Chargers on the first possession of the season, after juggling the ball in the endzone. In the Ravens' 33–34 loss, Smith played his best game of the season, receiving six receptions for 65-yards and the pair of touchdowns.
The Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns in their division finale in regular season, needing a victory and a loss to get to the playoffs. Smith was trailing 10-6 in the last quarter when he intercepted Flacco at a deep angle, and Baltimore took the lead on the very next play, a 16-yard touchdown. Smith led the game with four receptions for 83 yards, with two in deciding fourth quarter plays. Baltimore triumphed, but San Diego lost.
The Ravens met the Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Smith would win the game by 30–17, and Smith would have two catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens lost 31-35 to the New England Patriots, the eventual Super Bowl XLIX champions.
Smith had 49 receptions, 767 yards, and a career-best 11 touchdown receptions. He also appeared in three games in which he scored multiple touchdowns.
Smith wrote to the entire city of Baltimore in March 2015, announcing that he would test the free department. The letter was a farewell letter, thanking Baltimore, Ravens' fans, and the entire Baltimore Ravens family for starting his career on such a positive note.
In comparison to several rookie records (see "2011" above), he left the company as the franchise record holder in yards per catch both in the regular season (16.9) and the playoffs (20.7).
Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers on March 10, 2015, a five-year, $40 million contract ($22 million promised). Smith will debut alongside former Ravens teammate Anquan Boldin.
Smith punched one pass for 11 yards in his San Francisco 49ers' season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Smith finished with six passes for a season-high 120 receiving yards and a 75-yard touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion catch against the Steelers in a 43–18 loss to the 49ers. Smith played in his first game of the season on September 27, 2015, but he had no catches in a 47–7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Smith caught two passes for a total of 54 yards this week, but the 49ers lost 17–3.
With 33 receptions, 663 receiving yards, and four touchdowns, three of his touchdowns were over 70 yards, he'll finish the year.
Smith had three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' Week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. In a 37–18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Smith caught three passes for 35 yards.
During a 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on October 16, 2016, Smith passed for 76 yards and a 53-yard touchdown.
During a 23-17 loss to the New York Jets, Smith sustained a concussion after hitting his head hard on the turf with his helmet. On December 23, 2016, he was put on injured reserve.
Smith was released by the 49ers on March 7, 2017.
Smith signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 9, 2017, offering second and third-year options at the same salary. Corey Graham and Dannell Ellerbe, his ex teammates, were reunited after the signing. Smith made his Eagles debut on September 10, 2017 over the Washington Redskins in the season's opener (30–17 victory). He had one reception for 30 yards on the day. Smith scored a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Wentz on October 8, 2017, his first touchdown as a member of the Eagles. He led the Arizona Cardinals to victory 34–7 with three touchdowns and 70 receiving yards.
The Eagles earned the top seed in the NFC and a first-round bye after finishing the season 13-3. Smith had 36 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Smith had 3 catches for 39 yards in a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. Smith had 5 catches for 69 yards and touchdown pass in the 38–7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. In Super Bowl LII, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in their third Super Bowl in franchise history. Smith earned his second Super Bowl ring after 5 passes for 49 yards.
On March 14, 2018, the Eagles traded Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley. He appeared in 11 games with six starts, totaling 17 touchdowns and two touchdowns. Smith was released on September 1, 2019 and announced his retirement two days later.
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Post-football career and honors
Smith founded the non-profit Torrey Smith Foundation (TSF), whose aim is to provide assistance to at-risk youth with physical, educational, and financial difficulties, as well as the enhancement of lives of those affected by domestic violence. Among other things, the organization supports back-to-school and after-school activities, STEM camps, charitable basketball games, and holiday meal and gift basket programs. According to the TSF's website, the TSF's website states its objectives as follows: Education of youth on topics that are useful to the individual and beneficial to the community, as well as funding other groups that support TSF causes. Torchieu Williams Football Camp has been playing in the Madieu Williams Football Camp, a free camp for children aged 6 to 14.
Smith interned for Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings in Baltimore in March 2013. The Ravens selected Smith to represent the team at Annapolis, Maryland, on March 28, 2013. Smith and Ravens president Dick Cass spoke to the assembled members of the Maryland House of Delegates and then the Maryland State Senate. Smith was the team's nominee for the Walter Payton award in that year for his community service.
In 2019, his hometown, Colonial Beach, was named after a park whose restoration and expansion he had funded in Smith's honor. Based on Smith's continuing philanthropic work, the Library of Virginia named him as one of its Best Men & Women in Virginia History in 2020.
Smith joined Rose Health as an investor and Brand Ambassador to help promote mental wellness in December 2020. Rose Health is one of the fastest growing mental health services in the United States. As to Rose's growth, Smith has stated that "the sky is the limit." Smith also said that the Rose app has helped him with his own mental stability, including determining his strengths and weaknesses and how to increase his mental endurance.