Monday, September 24, 2012
Torrey Smith thanks fans
ESPN.com news services
A day after honoring the sudden passing of his younger brother with one of the best performances of his young career, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith took to Twitter to say thank you for the outpouring of support he has received.
"We appreciate all of the support and love thank you....everyone is making this process a lot easier #RIPTEVIN #TEAMTEVIN," Smith tweeted Monday morning.
Smith's brother, Tevin Jones, died in a motorcycle crash in Virginia late Saturday night. Smith was notified after 1 a.m. Sunday morning and left the team to be with family. He returned to the Ravens Sunday afternoon ahead of the team's prime-time game against the New England Patriots.
"When I was here, my teammates, they keep you focused. You've got to go out there and play," Smith said. "I didn't want to be out there, just running around, doing nothing. If I was going to be out there, I was going to give it my all. Afterward is when you can sit back and reflect on things."
Smith finished with six catches for 127 yards with two touchdowns as the Ravens edged the Patriots 31-30.
Later, Smith reflected on his 19-year-old brother.
"He's honest, he had a great heart," Smith said. "A lot of people say that all the time when people pass, but he truly was that person. When you see him mad, you'd always laugh because it didn't look right. So, to be around him, his big smile and his laugh, which was probably one of the most annoying laughs ever, I'm definitely going to miss him."
Smith tweeted that a scholarship has been established in his brother's name.
"We created a scholarship in memory of my brother The Tevin Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o T Smith 1 Winning Dr Owings Mills 21117," Smith tweeted.
While Smith was using Twitter to remember his brother, others weren't as kind.
One person on Twitter caused a stir Sunday night by tweeting, "Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?"
The tweet was met with scorn by Ravens fans and even Baltimore running back Ray Rice chimed in by tweeting, "smh u are terrible I hope you know the word karma."
The username has since been turned private.
Smith and the Ravens don't have much time to reflect on the past two days as they host the winless Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, ending a string of four games in 18 days.