Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to his old high school, Stafford High (Va.), tonight and he brought plenty of his friends.
His Ravens' teammates - Ray Rice, Tyrod Taylor, LaQuan Williams, Bryan Hall, Terrence Cody and Anthony Allen - are on hand for the second annual Torrey Smith and Anthony Armstrong All-Star Basketball game. Proceeds from the game - and it is a packed house - benefit Smith and Armstrong's foundations.
"It's amazing the progress we've made as a team and as a community," Smith said. "With that support, we'll be able to do some great things here and in Baltimore."
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Smith, if you are wondering, is playing in the game despite having hernia surgery in late January. Smith said that he is progressing nicely, but he acknowledged that he was warned by Ravens' trainers to not try any 'Vince Carter" stuff in the game. He did throw down a two-handed dunk in the first half, but he made it look rather easy. So did Taylor, who threw down a nasty alley-oop.
Other highlights included Allen getting his team together and doing his best Ray Lewis impersonation in the pre-game huddle, and Cody committing about four fouls in two minutes, clearly taking his role as enforcer in this game quite seriously.
Rice, who apparently predicted that he would dunk in the game, had an opportunity but he opted to lay it in instead. It appeared that it was more by necessity than choice.
Rice, by the way, declined to address his contract situation before the game per agent orders. Something tells me that his silence on the matter will continue well into the offseason.