Many reports and analysis have taken a closer look at the details surrounding Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and the loss of his younger brother Tevin in a fatal motorcycle crash. After initial reports suggested Smith might not play Sunday night, he was a late arrival and his team rallied around him. Not only did the Ravens win 31-30 in the final seconds against the New England Patriots, the former University of Maryland wideout had one of his best games with six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
While we think of the National Football League as a sport full of grown, rugged, and bruised men competing at the highest level, it's easy to forget that some players, like Smith, are only 23 years old. This of course not to imply the second-year receiver isn't an adult or a man, on the contrary, his performance in contrast to his personal tragedy was an incredible tribute to his brother's memory. It may be just a game and it does nothing to offset the emotional distress that the entire Smith family is grieving with, but it succeeded in bringing together an entire nation for one night in rememberance. Merely a small gesture in the grand scheme of things, but a memory we can all share and a game we and Smith will remember throughout his career and our lives, for whatever that may be worth. RIP Tevin Smith.