Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is a jack of all trades, and one thing you’ll never be able to say about him is that he’s not prepared for life after football.
While other Ravens were enjoying their last few weeks of being Super Bowl hero’s, Smith spent most of March as a government intern for Maryland U.S. Representative (D) Elijah Cummings according to baltimoreravens.com.
Cummings works for the seventh district, which includes over half of Baltimore City and most of Howard County. Smith has a few more days left before he starts to prepare for another Super Bowl run.
“I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith said. “I was the office guy.”
“It was fun though,” Smith said with a laugh. “I enjoyed it.”
Smith was a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, and decided that he wanted to try something different this off-season.
He talked to Ravens Director of Player Development Harry Swayne, who got him the internship.
“It’s about seeing what’s out there,” Smith said. “As an athlete I feel like I always said, ‘Man, I can’t wait till I can just play football and I don’t have to worry about school.’ Now that all we do is work out and you have the rest of the day, I feel like I’m limiting myself if I don’t do anything else.”
Smith admitted that he learned a lot on his internship.
I learned that there are really politicians that do a lot for their community – [Cummings] being one of them,” Smith said. “You can literally call your congressman and any issue you have, they can basically point you in the right direction if they can’t help you. I never really knew that.
“Being on that side and seeing how they work, it’s pretty cool. Their staff, they actually care. That says a lot when it comes to a city like Baltimore. You need people who are leaders and taking care of your area who really care.”