A native of Westmoreland County will be competing in the biggest championship in pro football just days from now. Helping his team to win this year’s NFL AFC Championship, Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith will be heading to Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Smith continues to help the Ravens after winning the AFC North Championship. In the last two games, Smith caught two passes for 31 yards in the 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and scored two touchdowns and caught three passes for 98 yards in the double overtime 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos. Having one of his best playoff games at Denver, Smith faced a potential hall of famer cornerback Champ Bailey.
Smith, a former standout football player at the University of Maryland, is in his second season of the NFL after being drafted by the Ravens. In the past two seasons, Smith has started more games and has increased his average yards for reception improving from 16.8 yards to 17.4.
If history serves any tips for an opponent, the last native pro football player close to the area to win a Super Bowl was King George native and New Orleans Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod. Smith and the Super Bowl champ are cousins. Smith was affectionately called “Mouse” when he was growing up in the Town of Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County.
The Super Bowl will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS. The Ravens will face the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
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