Torrey Smith announces retirement from NFL after eight seasons

Tom Schad, USA TODAY
Published 10:42 a.m. ET Sept. 13, 2019 | Updated 11:17 a.m. ET Sept. 13, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYTorrey Smith is retiring from the NFL.After playing eight seasons with four different teams — and winning two Super Bowl rings — the wide receiver announced in a video posted on social media Friday that he is leaving the sport. “It’s the NFL circle of life,” he said in the video, “and I’m prepared for what’s next.”Smith was raised by a single mother in Virginia and played multiple positions in high school, including quarterback, wide receiver and kickoff returner. He went on to star at Maryland before being drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft.The 30-year-old wide receiver most recently played for the Carolina Panthers, catching 17 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns a year ago, but he spent the bulk of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. He was one of Joe Flacco’s primary targets when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers. And he went on to win a second title, this one with the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2018.— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 13, 2019Altogether, Smith caught more than 300 passes for 5,141 yards and 41 touchdowns over the course of his career — which also included a two-year stint with the 49ers. But he also blossomed into an influential figure off the field, speaking up about social justice issues and becoming heavily involved in the work of the Players’ Coalition.”My worth as a football player was never only about numbers,” Smith said in the video announcing his retirement. “And if I was able to impact just one player, one kid, one person, I served my purpose.”I’m blessed to be able to walk away from this game with most of my health, a clear mind and a grateful heart.”Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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