Torrey Smith hasn't played in Baltimore since the 2014 season.
He's been to California for a two-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers and now finds himself back on the East Coast with the Philadelphia Eagles. But the two-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver still has a soft spot for Charm City.
"When I came here I was just drawn to the city, drawn to the people. And I feel like it was the same way with them," Smith said during an interview with
Glenn Clark Radio
Smith isn't even from Baltimore. He was born and raised in Virginia and played college football at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Yet despite all that, Smith has remained
unwavering in his support for the city
and its people.
"I see a lot of potential in the city and in the people," Smith said. "So for me, it's just as simple as wanting to help them. And you can't be so committed to the people and the city like I was and then just leave because my jersey changes."
Drafted by the Ravens during the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith spent four seasons in Baltimore and helped the 2012 team win Super Bowl XLVII. Despite moving on from the Ravens, Smith returns to the area every March for his charity basketball game.
Smith doesn't have any plans to sever his ties with the city anytime soon.
"When I retire, you'll see me around here all the time, because we'll be living in Maryland," Smith said. "It's been a huge commitment for us, and, more so than the commitment, I feel like it's part of my purpose to be here and be the best that I can be for the city."
Fresh off his Super Bowl LII win with the Eagles, Smith isn't taking anything for granted.
"I think because I'm getting older I'm getting more emotional," Smith said. "I just sit back and think about the journey in general. Whenever you get there you realize it's not just about this one season it's about everything that came into it. How I came up to be in this position is an amazing blessing, so I have to make sure I remind myself of that."
A seasoned Super Bowl veteran this time around, Smith said this year's trip was still more than he could have imagined.
However, there was one aspect of the big game he was more accustomed to -- making sure he took home some souvenirs. Smith said after the Ravens' win in New Orleans, he took a big banner of himself that was in the team hotel.
This year, he reminded his teammates to grab a memento.
"A lot of people there were going to leave their stuff and I was like, 'Man, you all better grab this stuff,'" Smith said.
When his career is finished, those souvenirs will likely find their way back to the place Smith calls home: Baltimore.
For more information on Torrey Smith's charity basketball game, or to donate a ticket to a student who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend, visit torreysmith.org.
For more from Smith, listen to the full interview here:
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