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Pro Football: Torrey Smith’s Super Bowl Diary – Day 3


Stafford High graduate Torrey Smith, a Ravens receiver, is writing about his Super Bowl experience for and The Free Lance–Star.

NEW ORLEANS—Today, it was a little more like our normal routine. It’s finally back to football, so we didn’t have much down time.

When I woke up, we had meetings and then a little media session and more meetings. Our coach John Harbaugh had an interview with Chris Berman, the guy that does the two-minute drill for ESPN. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones and I were dancing behind him in the background, trying to get in his interview. It was fun.

Practice was like regular old practice for a few hours.

The 49ers are lucky because they’re considered the home team so they get to practice in the Saints’ facilities.

We were outside and the wind was blowing, but Joe [Flacco] was cutting through the wind fine.

We’re not practicing too hard because it’s late in the year and you don’t want to get anybody hurt. So we were not in full pads. We were in shell pads.

We’ve been practicing well for the last month and a half and that continued. I still feel good at this point in the year, but you can definitely feel the season is coming to an end. Your body starts to feel it.

But if you can’t get hyped up for this game, to play once more, you’re in the wrong sport.

After practice, I went back to the hotel and then out to dinner. We went to a place called Mother’s. It was nice little restaurant, kind of like a diner type of place.

It’s 10 p.m. out here. Now I’m relaxed and about to call it a night. All in all, the day wasn’t too eventful. I’m looking forward to my family coming [today]. My brothers, sisters and high school coaches will be here. My mother is coming on Friday.

It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be like a vacation for them. I’m definitely going to tell my brothers and sisters where to go and where to stay away from. Everything is within walking distance, but people know there are a lot of folks in town, so you’ve got to be smart.

—as told to Taft Coghill