Considering what you have endured, how have you resisted the temptation to become frustrated with what has happened?
I don't think about it like that. I don't think about football in a frustrating way at all. I just don't. I won't allow myself to let anything take away from what we've got going on here.
Do you believe that contracting tonsillitis was part of a bigger plan?
Everything definitely happens for a reason. Obviously, my plan will come somewhere later on down the line. The things that I have gone through and go through now are definitely part of what I have to do to become the quarterback that I want to become.
What is your mind-set for or approach to next season?
Just to be the best quarterback that I can be. I want to continue to learn this offense, continue to be the team player that I'm going to be, and learn it and get it down like the back of my hand.
When colleges began recruiting you out of St. Edward and Glenville high schools, they saw you as a wide receiver or running back. How have you managed to stay committed in your effort to become a quarterback?
I'm already down in history as one of the 74 people to win one of the most prestigious trophies in college football as a quarterback. That says everything. I don't really have anything else to say. As a quarterback, I did what I had to do when I had the chances to do them.
Who should have won this year's Heisman Trophy?
I liked [Oklahoma quarterback] Sam Bradford and what he's done for the Sooners this year, which is incredible. He's taken them through countless numbers of victories and just one loss. He's been tremendous in every game. Even in that loss [to Texas], he played well.
When you were growing up, who was your role model in sports?
Warren Moon and Michael Jordan. At that time, I thought Warren Moon was the best quarterback in the game. I still think that he is definitely in the top rankings of those guys whom I consider to be the best. And Michael Jordan is the greatest to ever hold a basketball.
You host an annual golf tournament with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs. How good is your golf game?
It's pretty good. Golf is definitely a game that involves athleticism, accuracy, touch, and all of those different things. So the guys that play [professional] golf, I respect them tremendously because it's definitely harder to play once you get the club in your hands [than it looks when you watch them].
Do you remember your best round?
No, I don't. But it's bad. I'm not a golfer at all. I'm out there to just relax and have a good time with my friends.
If the producers of The Troy Smith Story asked for your help with casting, whom would you suggest play the role of Troy Smith?
I can't remember the guy's name, but he was in Antwone Fisher. [Derek Luke played the title role in that movie.] He's a younger guy. I can't say he's an up-and-coming actor, but he was good.
What's the worst nickname you've been saddled with?
One of my friends back in college used to call me 'QB Slo-Mo.' An article was written about me having that "mojo" as a QB, and he was making a joke that I was "slo-mo," not "mojo."
about this series
Each week we'll bring you a Q&A; with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is quarterback Troy Smith, who went from competing with rookie Joe Flacco for the starting job to backing up Flacco because of a case of severe tonsillitis. Smith talks about staying positive, his quest to be an NFL quarterback and his golf game.