The Wheatley family awarded the Tim Wheatley Award to Steve Smith Sr. for his low key efforts community service efforts. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun video)
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is still working his way back from a torn Achilles. But on Tuesday, that didn't keep him from meeting with athletes from the Special Olympics.
It's efforts like that one — and for supporting Baltimore's House of Ruth; and for hosting free football clinics for kids from military families; and for distributing food, clothes and shoes to the community — that earned him the Baltimore Sun Media Group's Tim Wheatley Award for Community Service.
Smith accepted the Wheatley Award on Tuesday from Tim Wheatley's son David, who attended the Ravens' practice at Under Armour Performance Center with his mother, Beth, brother, Will, and sister, Sarah.
The Tim Wheatley Award, to be given annually, was created by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor a local athlete whose contributions off the field are as important as the ones on the field. Wheatley, Baltimore Sun sports editor from 2006-2009, was killed in a car accident while driving his daughter, Sarah, to school on Oct. 5, 2009. Wheatley was a strong believer in community service.
Other finalists for this year's award were Brandon Williams and Justin Tucker from the Ravens and Zach Britton from the Orioles. Past winners from the Ravens were Domonique Foxworth, Ray Rice and Torrey Smith. Past winners from the Orioles were Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Darren O'Day.
Smith was also team's finalist for the 2015 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.