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"Goldengate". Schaub loses part of his ear. Saints 0-3. Raiders win. Excuse me? What is going on in 2012? What a farcical start to the NFL season.
Among the flurry of controversy, uproar and general officiating incompetence, this week's Player of the Week reminds us all to put everything into perspective, and remember that football is just a game that we shouldn't take too seriously.
So here it is. The Week 3 POTW is -
Torrey SmithWide receiver, Baltimore Ravens. DOB: 26 January, 1989 (23 years old) College: Maryland Height: 6’1 (1.85m) Weight: 93kg NFL Draft: 58th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft Career games: 19 games Week 3 stats: vs New England Patriots -- 6 receptions, 127 yards, 2 touchdowns, 21.2 yards average Career stats: 60 receptions, 1,076 yards, 9 touchdowns
Why he won player of the week (week 3)
Not much needs to be said to justify Torrey Smith's title as Player of the Week. Only hours after his younger brother Tevin died in a tragic motorcycle accident, the 23-year-old decided to play in the game against the Patriots and finished the night with huge numbers.
According to ESPN, Smith left the team hotel to be with his family at 1am Sunday morning. Naturally, he only got one hour of sleep. You wouldn't have known it, though.
The second-year wideout opened the account for the Ravens in the second quarter after hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. Smith ran deep (he is, after all, the Baltimore's best deep threat), found separation and timed his flight perfectly, leaping gallantly over Patriots CB Kyle Arrington for the score. Straight after he pointed to the sky in tribute to his brother, took a knee and prayed.
The 23-year-old WR also caught a five-yard touchdown with four minutes left to play, drawing the Ravens to within two points.
Smith made plays all over the field. Flacco found him short, deep, up the middle, out towards the sideline, etc. You get the point. He was everywhere, and regularly swivelled out of trouble and burnt defenders for extra yardage. Smith was a fighter and put up big numbers on an emotion-charged night he'll never forget. Many debate whether he should or should not have played, but that's doesn't matter any more. He played, and is a deserving POTW.
Smith also plans on putting the game ball presented to him by his teammates in his brother's casket at the funeral. Nice gesture.
Facts and figures
- Torrey's real name is James. I like Torrey better.
- Smith is the oldest of seven children.
- He a criminology and criminal justice major.
- Doesn't mind a spot of fishing here and there.
- He grew up in Virginia before studying at the University of Maryland.
What he said
"When I came here (M&T Bank Stadium), the more I was grounded. The more comfortable I began to feel. I'm glad I came back up here. It helped me out a lot." - Torrey Smith.https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/250218499300028418