Torrey Smith retires after 8 NFL seasons: ‘I’m prepared for what’s next’

Torrey Smith penned an emotional letter to “football” in announcing his retirement from the sport after eight seasons in the NFL.

Smith played with the Ravens, 49ers, Eagles and most recently the Panthers. His decision to retire comes less than two weeks after Carolina cut him.

“Dear football, I knew this day would come, and to be completely honest, I’ve been preparing for it my entire career,” Smith said during a three-plus minute video posted on Twitter. “You and I both knew the game for me wouldn’t last forever. It’s the NFL circle of life and I’m prepared for what’s next.

“God put you in my life for a reason, and I’m sure it wasn’t about Xs and Os. Every catch, every drop, every win, every loss, every trade, every cut — all of it — was a part of my journey. But remember, football is what I did. It’s not who I am. I’m looking forward to using the platform you have given me to continue to serve my true purpose — changing my community for the better.”

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