Originally written March 12, 2013 on NESN.com:

From NESN:

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is using the power of rhymes for a good cause.

As reported by WJZ’s Christie Ileto, Smith’s fiancee, Chanel Williams, is a fourth grade teacher at Dogwood Elementary School in Baltimore County. The two teamed up to create a video to encourage Williams’ students to study for a state-wide standardized test.

Set to the beat of “Teach Me How To Dougie,” the rap says, “all you need is a pencil in your hand and then you can do the best you can.”

Williams says the rhyme encourages students to study for the Maryland School Assessment Tests, known as the MSAs. The annual test gauges Maryland’s third through eighth graders on their reading and math abilities.

Smith lends his dancing abilities to the video, and chimes in with support throughout the rap. Williams told Ileto that having Smith make an appearance gave her students an extra boost.

“They love Torrey and my kids like rap and they’re motivated by music,” Williams said.

PLAYERS: Torrey Smith
TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens
9 Comments:
  • Yep. Rapping to promote studying. Nice try Thuggy Smith.
  • So Torrey Smith and his girlfriend does a rap to promote studying and SammyMets827 calls him "Thuggy Smith". You are a Jerk SammyMets827 doing something positive to help children is "Thuggy" well if thats the case I hope more people will be "Thuggy", good job Torrey and to your girlfriend good teachers are hard to find, good job!!!
  • SammyMets827 is clearly a dumb***, clearly showing his prejudice. If it was Eli Manning doing the rap, wouldn't call him "thuggy." The rap was clean and a fun way for to promote interest.
  • Are you freakin' serious? This kid is one of the few upstanding role models in the NFL. You need to go and read up on this man's story 'cause you're straight generalizing and this reeks of racial undertones. Torrey Smith? A college grad with a double BA in criminology and criminal justice. The founder of a non-profit for at risk children emphasizing education and hard work ethics training. Sole guardian of his siblings with the exception of his late brother who passed after a motorcycle accident recently. My point is you don't know what you are talking about and it pisses me off that a racist coward like yourself would use this forum to make assumptions name call a person of this character as a thug. You are the true definition of a CLOWN!!
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