With the San Francisco 49ers enjoying their bye week, former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to Baltimore and continued to make good on his pledge to stay committed to the Baltimore community.
Smith, joined by his wife and son, was on hand to open a reading oasis and read to students at Friendship Preparatory Academy in West Baltimore.
The reading room, stocked with more than 1,200 books and furnished with small beanbag chairs, was a collaboration between Smith's foundation and several retail businesses. It is just the latest of several such reading rooms Smith has helped establish at area schools.
“I don’t play here, but this is home for me and it changed my life," Smith told WJZ-TV at the school. "We’re very much still committed to the city. Better readers and writers become better students and better leaders. It’s a base for everything."
The popular Smith, who starred collegiately at Maryland, signed with the 49ers as a free agent this offseason after four seasons with the Ravens. After signing his 49ers deal, Smith wrote on his Web site that, "I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore. I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE."
Again this week, Smith was true to his word.