“Get an education,” was the main focus of Torrey Smith’s talk to all of Colonial Beach Public Schools last Tuesday.
Smith is originally from Colonial Beach, born to a teenage mom and raised in RiverWood apartments, he was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. He was with the Ravens during their 2012 Super Bowl victory. He spent the next few years there before being picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.
In 2017 Smith was brought over to the Philadelphia Eagles to the thrill of former Colonial Beach coach and PE teacher, Steve Swope. Swope taught Smith in elementary school at the town’s small school.
Born in 1989 Smith spent his time through sixth grade in the beach before his mother, Monica Jenkins, moved him to Fredericksburg. Throughout high school he played football and was one to watch. During his high school basketball career he suffered a broken leg that helped him to realize that there are no guarantees and he needed to get an education, not just depend on football.
Smith went to the University of Maryland for his undergrad and received a Master’s Degree in Business earlier this year.
The students of CBPS were ecstatic to meet him and during his question and answer session asked him many questions about football before he directed them more towards other parts of his life.
Talking to students about the importance of education is not his only way he gives back. He started the Torrey Smith Foundation. This group’s mission is to provide support to at-risk youth.