Ravens deep threat Smith mentored by Boldin in Super run

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By Larry Fine

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Deep threat Torrey Smith overcame a family tragedy this season to help fuel the Baltimore Ravens offense in their run to the Super Bowl and he credits fellow receiver Anquan Boldin with helping him.

The 24-year-old Smith's younger brother, Tevin, was killed in a motorcycle accident less than 24 hours before Baltimore's game against the New England Patriots in Week Three.

Smith left the team to be with his family, but rejoined the Ravens in time for warm-ups and caught a pair of touchdown passes and gained 127 yards receiving in an inspired effort in Baltimore's 31-30 victory.

"I can't believe my little brother is gone ... be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them … this is the hardest thing ever," Smith tweeted after the game.

Smith, whose blazing speed makes him a perfect long-range target for rifle-armed quarterback Joe Flacco, said 10-year veteran Boldin had been a big help to him.

"He's been a great mentor both on and off the field," Smith said. "I'm thankful to be paired up with him."

Boldin, in his third season with the Ravens after seven with the Arizona Cardinals that included an appearance in the 2009 Super Bowl, is known as a precise route runner and a physical receiver able to out battle defenders for the ball.

The three-time Pro Bowl receiver took Smith under his wing.   Continued...

 
Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith throws a ball during a practice at the Superdome ahead of the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Sean Gardner