Torrey Smith talks with NewsChannel 3 at the Super Bowl

Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 12:57:24-05

San Francisco, Calif. - NFL Players from across the nation are coming to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50, including Virginia native Torrey Smith.

Players and their families celebrated their careers in the NFL with a breakfast and highlighted the important role they play as fathers. Smith says he hopes his family can take way something special from his time in the NFL.

"I just hope they learn the importance of teamwork, being selfless, being a great teammate a great friend and a better leader," Smith said.

Smith grew up in Stafford County and went on to play at the University of Maryland.

He was drafted in 2011 by the Baltimore Ravens where he went on to become a Super Bowl Champion. The Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

This was the first Super Bowl loss for the 49ers in franchise history. After four years with the Ravens, Smith signed with the 49ers and now calls the Bay area home.

"Being a Virginia boy it's completely different, you know the weather is pretty good all year round," said Smith. "[It's] a lot more expensive than Virginia. The price is unreal! You come from Virginia to here it'll be a big shock for you, but it's nice I've enjoyed it."

A five season veteran, Smith and his family have learned what it takes to maintain a successful career and keep their family values grounded.

"He's taught me a lot with dealing with highs and lows and not getting too excited when he's high and not getting down on himself when he's low," said Smith's wife Chanel. "Just dealing with criticism and just being a role model because when they're in this position everybody's looking at him and he does a great job with that."