Torrey Smith spends off-season as a Congressional intern
Some NFL players spend their off-season working out. Others spend the time relaxing or with their friends and family. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith decided to spend his off-season by taking a peculiar job as a Congressional intern. Smith has been spending his March working for Maryland U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings who governs the seventh district, which includes just over half of Baltimore City and most of Howard Count.
Smith told reporters that he has spent most of his internship helping out in the office.
“I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith said. “I was the office guy.”
“It was fun though,” Smith said with a laugh. “I enjoyed it.”
Smith, who was a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland decided he wanted to do something different this off-season and spoke to Ravens Director of Player Development Harry Swayne who helped him secure the internship.
“It’s about seeing what’s out there,” Smith said. “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.”
So, what did Smith take out of this internship?
“I learned that there are really politicians that do a lot for their community – [Cummings] being one of them,” Smith said. “You can literally call your congressman and any issue you have, they can basically point you in the right direction if they can’t help you. I never really knew that.
“Being on that side and seeing how they work, it’s pretty cool. Their staff, they actually care. That says a lot when it comes to a city like Baltimore. You need people who are leaders and taking care of your area who really care.”
Smith also told reporters he went to Capitol Hill a few times, but spent most of his time in the Baltimore offices of Cummings.
It is cool to see someone take a different approach to their off-season and Smith seemed really excited about his internship.