Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is making the most of his downtime in the early part of the offseason and is taking advantage of his clout as a professional football player by working as an intern for a local politician.
This month, Smith, who studied criminal justice at Maryland, has worked as an intern for Elijah Cummings, a Democrat who has been the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s seventh district since 1996.
“I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith, who is entering his third season in the NFL, said in a recent interview with the team’s website. “I was the office guy.”
Ravens director of player development Harry Swayne helped Smith secure the internship. And based on this self-portrait from his first day, Smith seemed to be pretty excited about the opportunity.
“It’s about seeing what’s out there,” Smith, who just turned 24 in January, told the website. “As an athlete I feel like I always said, ‘Man, I can’t wait till I can just play football and I don’t have to worry about school.’ Now that all we do is work out and you have the rest of the day, I feel like I’m limiting myself if I don’t do anything else.”
Smith is pretty good at his day job, though. In his second NFL season, Smith had 49 catches for 855 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns. He added 11 catches for 233 yards and two scores in the playoffs as the Ravens won the Super Bowl.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times