A Much Deserved Victory


This past Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens faced the New England Patriots in what many were calling a rematch of the AFC championship game from last year, where the Ravens lost to the Patriots because of a missed kick.  This face off alone promised an unforgettable game that would surely be filled with tension and emotions; however, the morning of this game, wide receiver Torrey Smith was hit with the news that his younger brother had been killed in a motorcycle accident.  Smith decided to play in the game, earning him even more respect from his coach, teammates, and fans.  During the game, there was a moment of silence in honor of his younger brother and nobody could deny the deep feelings that were embedded into the game.  Despite the already high emotions, Smith played extremely well scoring two touchdowns to help his team win against the Patriots.  Watching Smith play was incredible and I felt like the passing of his brother pushed him further than he thought he could go.  There is no doubt that Torrey Smith has talent and there is certainly no doubt that he has a courageous heart.  Seeing how he channeled his emotion into the game and how well supported he was by his team almost brought tears to my eyes.  It is when I see Baltimorians coming together like this when I am proud to represent Baltimore.

My heart goes out to Torrey Smith and his family.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

4 responses »

    • Absolutely! You can really see how much they support each other and that is something that just can’t be taught. Without that strong bond between them all and Torrey’s heart, we wouldn’t have won that game. I’ll definitely be watching tonight to see how they do.

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