Torrey Smith, public servant

Torrey Smith, public servant
March 24, 2013, 1:15 am
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If you’re a member of the Ravens and you’ve just won the Super Bowl, how do you spend your March? Kicking back and resting from the arduous season, maybe do a few public appearances just to get out of the house? Go on a well-deserved vacation to some sunny clime and chill out on a poolside chaise lounge?

Good options, but if you’re wide receiver Torrey Smith, you get yourself an internship in a congressman’s office.

Smith has worked for Rep. Elijah Cummings this month, performing a lot of unglamorous duties for the Maryland Democrat.

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

Though that’s a far way from hauling in a touchdown pass in front of 70,000 people, Smith said: “It was fun, though. I enjoyed it.”

Smith, who mostly worked out of Cummings’ Baltimore office, said he discovered that “there are really politicians that do a lot for their community — [Cummings] being one of them. 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.”

Smith, formerly of the University of Maryland, said he felt the need to do something other than spend his time just being a football player.

“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.”