OWINGS MILLS, MD. — The last time Torrey Smith faced the New England Patriots, he must have been a mental mess, his emotions everywhere. The chronology is, by now, well known: At 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning in late September, he received a call that his younger brother, Tevin Jones, had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Smith left the Baltimore Ravens’ team hotel, that night’s game an afterthought, if a thought at all. Yet as 4 p.m. approached, he was considering whether to play. When the ball was kicked in the air that night, he did.
“That speaks volumes to who he is as a man, as a family man,” Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard said.
“I look up to him after something like that,” fellow receiver Jacoby Jones said.
What Smith did that night, catching six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 Baltimore victory, is extraordinary under the circumstances, but also fits right into Smith’s story. As the Ravens prepare for Sunday’s rematch with the Patriots, this time in the AFC championship game, there is much talk here of adversity overcome, of obstacles hurdled. Most of that pertains to the injuries the Ravens sustained during the season and the losing streak they endured in December.