More thoughts on Torrey Smith's tragedy

September, 23, 2012
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Dealing with the death of a brother is extremely difficult. For Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, his relationship with his brother Tevin, who died in a motorcycle crash, went beyond the usual sibling one. Smith was a father figure to his six younger siblings.

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Smith helped raise them from the time he was 6 years old while his mother attended community college by day and juggled two jobs at night. He earned the nickname "Microwave King" from his family for his cooking skills. At the age of 7, he changed diapers, did loads of laundry and dressed three younger brothers.

Before Smith’s final season at Maryland, he had even more responsibility at home while his mother, Monica, spent six months in jail after a domestic dispute turned into a knife-wielding incident.

Smith has always downplayed his role.

“When you’re an athlete, it gets more attention,” Smith said in 2010. “For every one of me, there are a million other people in my situation. Like with my mom, there are a million of her, a million other women making mistakes, being in relationships they probably shouldn’t be in, and there’s a kid that has to help his family -- make a decision whether to be positive or turn his back and go the wrong way.

“There were certain times when other kids would be able to go and have fun doing something, and I had responsibility. But that’s something I would not take back.”

As Smith wrote on Twitter, the death of his brother is "the hardest thing ever." But Smith is dealing with more than the loss of a brother. He said goodbye to someone he helped raise.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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