The Ravens wide receiver, Torrey Smith has kept force and style in overcoming challenges on the sports ground and in his personal life too. His fiancée, Chanel Williams will guide him through this important tournament.
Less than a day after his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident, Chanel’s fiancé played against New England, catching six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 win in the 3rd week.
He had a difficult childhood, but when he became a grown up, he proved he was a true leader.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said:
Smith is becoming better and better in every single route that we have. He’s just really developing and becoming really confident. Some of it is the fact that we really trust him, and we’re allowing him to show what he can do.
Williams boyfriend says:
I’ve never really won.
I’ve been part of an average team, or a slightly-above-average team, but I’ve never been a part of anything like this.
At the same time, I’ve never had to deal with death at all, especially in my immediate family. This is as high as I’ve been in sports, but also as low as I’ve been in my life.
My brother’s death happened; it was an accident.
You learn from it to appreciate life, to understand that it can be taken from you at any second. I draw strength from other people around me.
Smith, one of seven children, is always protective and looks after his kin.
It’s not like I’m the only person in the world who’s lost someone in an accident.
It happens every day. Every day someone’s getting that phone call.
His mum was a single mother, Monica Jenkins, who left young Torrey to look after his siblings.
When he was 4 years old, he would stay home to baby sit his siblings and cook for them.
I was the oldest, so I was always caring for everyone.
My mom worked two jobs. My grandma, we stayed close, so when I was young I just started understanding that I was the oldest and I had to take care of them. That was just my responsibility.
It sounds kind of funny now, me making them a meal. My sister talks about it. I could make anything in that microwave, from eggs to hot dogs. Whatever you needed, I could make it in the microwave.
His mum had a boyfriend who was abusive and once she was held hostage in a car, at gunpoint, with Torrey and his brother in the back seat.
Chanel’s fiancé remembers:
It’s something I think about often.
Because for everything that happened to my mother, there’s a million other people out there in the same situation. My mom was in an abusive relationship, and domestic violence is a problem in our country as a whole. I just happened to be one of those guys whose family happened to fit that mold.
It was tough. We were in a lot of difficult situations that probably could have been avoided … but going through those situations I learned how to respect women, and I figured out how I wanted to be as a man.
I don’t regret anything that’s happened, good or bad, because I learned how to deal with things.
His coach said:
I have never met a better character player than Torrey Smith.
Torrey says over his life:
I’m doing fine, and everyone’s happy for me.
But I watch my mom, and she was at the top. Now she’s at the bottom. That’s how life is. To see that, I’m humbled every day.
I help my family. My mom, she’ll never fall on her face as long as I can help it. But you have to be smart. There’s only so much you can do before you hurt yourself. Rather than being another statistic, I just kind of learned from everybody else’s mistakes.
Torrey Smith and his girlfriend Chanel Williams were dating at the time he was drafted to a team less than 50 miles from home. Torrey and Chanel are still together, so he was blessed to have an important person at home to help him through this extremely hard personal calamity.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith gave Chanel the most exquisite ring to her fiancée
Smith (@TorreySmithWR) posted this update on Twitter:
Gave @LibraLadii_ this now she will be stuck with me for a long time.
The post had the link to Smith’s Instagram feed, which had the pic the stunning ring.
You can follow Chanel on Twitter by clicking here.