Torrey Smith showed up at the stadium tired and drained, unsure if he would suit up for the Baltimore Ravens.
No one would have blamed him if he didn't. After all, his younger brother had died in a motorcycle accident less than 24 hours earlier.
Smith opted to play, and the second-year wide receiver caught touchdown passes of 25 and 5 yards to help the Ravens beat the New England Patriots 31-30 Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC title game.
Tevin Jones, 19, died late Saturday night in Virginia. Smith left the team hotel at 1 a.m. Sunday and spent much of the day with his family before heading back to Baltimore.
''I texted my mom when I got to the stadium. That was when I knew I was going to play,'' Smith said. ''She was excited about it. She said, `He'd want you to play.'''
With his teammates offering him encouragement and prayers, Smith not only played, but contributed heavily. He had six catches for 127 yards to help Baltimore (2-1) win its 12th straight at home.
''I gave ...