Wide receiver Torrey Smith appears to be exactly what the 49ers need right now.
Oh, yeah, he can provide the offense with a deep threat, too.
Despite 49ers CEO Jed York’s oft-stated goal for the 49ers to “win with class,” the organization has experienced more than its share of off-the-field issues, including an arrest last week of fullback Bruce Miller on a misdemeanor spousal battery charge.
Smith, 26, comes to the 49ers after twice being recognized as the Baltimore Ravens’ nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Smith re-joins his former Ravens teammate, Anquan Boldin, who was also a recent finalist for the distinguished honor.
Smith created the Tevin Jones Memorial Scholarships Fund in honor of his brother, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2012. The foundation provides scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Also, he is the driving force behind the Torrey Smith Foundation, which helps improve the lives of Baltimore youth by providing educational support, opportunities and resources.
Smith was the Ravens’ nominee for the league’s new NFL Sportsmanship Award. And he was voted as the winner of the “Good Guy” Award in December by the local media in Baltimore.
In addition, Smith was the Ravens’ nominee for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the NFL Players Association honor that annually recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community services.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Smith as a Board Member for the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide. And Smith interned for Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings in 2013.
Smith is currently enrolled with his wife, Chanel, at the University of Miami Executive MBA program. They started the program in February and classes start again on March 21.
Some of Smith’s other accomplishments include:
--NFLPA Community Player of the week, September 2014.
--Winner of the Tim Wheatley Community Award from the Baltimore Sun Media Group in 2014.
--Winner of Port Discovery’s “Great Friend to Kids” Award, May 2014. The award honors those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to strengthening education and advancing the interests of children.