Torrey Smith is spending his offseason interning for the government

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates with the cheerleaders after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates with the cheerleaders after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

What would you do if you were 24 years old with a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Maryland and had all the free time in the world to try to build your resume?

Would you pursue an internship with the U.S. government?

That’s what Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith did. Smith works out every day, but still has plenty of time each day to try to better himself, so he wanted to try something that was a bit more out of the box during the month of March.

“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.”

Thus, after approaching Ravens Director of Player Development Harry Swayne with his desire to work within and learn more about our national government, Smith began interning for Maryland U.S. Representative (D) Elijah Cummings.

Asked what is was like by Ryan Mink of The Caw, Smith was extremely positive.

“I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith said. “I was the office guy.”

Basically, that sounds like the life of a lowly intern right there, not that of a Super Bowl champion.

“It was fun though,” Smith said with a laugh. “I enjoyed it.”

Smith is a local boy all the way. He is from Virginia, went to Maryland and now plays for and lives in Baltimore. Even spending his entire life nearby, however, Smith did not understand the type of help to the community a politician who really cares can bring.

He explained that this is what surprised him the most and made him the most proud of his offseason work.

“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.”

The young man even hit up social media as he began his internship to express his excitement.

Most politicians get a bad rap for a reason. However, it is refreshing to see not only a young man develop into a leader in the community, but to be working so closely with a representative who seems to be putting his district first.

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