Last night, Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith won the 2012 GMC Never Say Never Moment Of the Year for his inspirational performance in Week 3. Smith caught six passes for 127 yards including two touchdowns less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.
There doesn’t seem to be any moment too intense for the Virginia native. He possesses an uncanny ability to block out whatever is going on in his life, and focus on the task at hand. Time after time, he has produced at a high level with everyone watching and I don’t expect tonight to be any different.
The Super Bowl is the perfect measure of how a player will compete under pressure. The week leading up to the game is filled with hype and distraction, and players either respond or shut down. Smith will respond in a big way.
Though I may be a bit biased having attended middle and high school with the Ravens’ standout, it is no secret that he has become one of the elite deep threats in the NFL.
I remember chatting with Smith on Facebook about a week before his Maryland Terrapins were set to take on my East Carolina Pirates in the 2010 Liberty Bowl. It was his last time suiting up for the Terps’ and I figured I’d talk a little trash. He simply replied, “Haha, you’ll see.”
Smith had a kickoff return for a touchdown that day, helping Maryland hand ECU a 51-20 whooping and leaving a lasting impression on his alma mater. It was a big game, and he delivered.
Super Bowl XLVII has been absorbed by storylines about the Harbaugh brothers, Ray Lewis’s final game and Colin Kaepernick’s rise to stardom. I expect Smith to rewrite the script and walk away as the first non-quarterback MVP in four years.
How will Smith accomplish this against one of the best secondary units in the NFL?
The 49ers will be playing man on the outside. He will likely be matched up against Tarell Brown with Carlos Rogers focusing his efforts on Anquan Boldin. Smith has done great in man-to-man situations, did anyone see him burn 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey over and over again in the AFC title game?
He is just too fast.
“Torrey Smith is extremely fast, probably top five in the National Football League as far as pure, straight-line speed,” said San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner to Pro Football Weekly.
If Joe Flacco gets solid protection, I see Smith having a 100-yard, two touchdown kind of day. A performance like this will earn Smith MVP honors as well as a Ravens victory.
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