49ers WR Torrey Smith Hosts Annual Charity Basketball Game


Torrey Smith’s football career may have brought him to the Bay Area, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about where he came from. One of Baltimore’s favorite sons returned home this past Saturday for his annual charity basketball game.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver was joined by some of his peers around the NFL, including a few former teammates with the Baltimore Ravens. One of those in attendance was Smith’s old quarterback, Joe Flacco, who didn’t play in the game but showed up to support his friend.

“It’s important to be here because of Torrey. He’s just an awesome guy,” Flacco told the Baltimore Sun. “What he did for this community and what he continues to do — he comes back here a ton — I love Torrey to death.

“He’ll always be a part of what I consider Baltimore because we had such a great run together.”

All proceeds from the game benefitted the Torrey Smith Foundation, which has the mission of providing Baltimore’s youth with the tools they need to identify, unleash and reach their full potential.

“One thing I take a lot of pride in, and I said that when I left, I didn’t want to be a guy that is committed to the city when you are there, and then when you leave, you forget about it,” said Smith, who also played collegiately at the University of Maryland. “Baltimore is home for us now. To have a fun event like this and also raise money for the foundation, which gives back to kids in the city, is a blessing.”

Smith’s “red team” won the game, and the host of the event even showed off his athleticism with a few highlight-reel dunks.

The receiver did vow to the 49ers Faithful that next year the event would be scheduled at a time when his current teammates could attend. This year’s game was scheduled before San Francisco hired Chip Kelly as head coach, moving the start of the team’s offseason program to April 4.

The Ravens website put together a video recap of the event. Here are some other highlights from the game via social media.


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