The Super Bowl Story Left Behind

By Ross Lippman 2-1-13

This Sunday, Ray Lewis will take the field for the very last time in Super Bowl 47. We all know this story. It can’t be forgotten.

Jim and John  Harbaugh are brothers who will coach against one another. This is another story that can’t be forgotten.

Torrey Smith
Smith, reflecting on his brother’s passing after the Raven’s Week 3 win against the New England Patriots. (AP- Nick Wass)

For Torrey Smith, he’s playing for his brother. We shouldn’t forget it.

Back in September, Torrey’s younger brother Tevin died in a motorcycle accident. That week in the NFL was capped off by a season-defining performance by Smith in a Ravens win against the New England Patriots.

This story was somehow lost during their rematch in the AFC Championship. But on the eve of a Super Bowl highlighted by the made for television story of Jim and John Harbaugh, it deserves to be brought up to remind us all of the value of family.

After learning of Tevin’s death, John said, “This is devastatingly sad, sad news. Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them.” I would imagine John is reminded of this now more than ever as he gets ready to face his brother.

Has the “Harbowl” story been over played? Yes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take something valuable from it. It can remind us all about the value of family, especially the bond of brotherhood. Jim and John know this, and so does Torrey Smith.