Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beyond the huddle

"Wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is hugged by teammate linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens after they defeated the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."

There is more than meets the eye being apart of a team.

Growing up playing multiple sports I learned how to be a team player at an early age. I realized I performed better when I was around others who were passionate, driven and motivated like myself. But more importantly, how to foster relationships and lean on my teammates, day in and day out, which made me a better human-being.

It's a hard thing to explain to those who never played sports. A real unity is formed with those you work along side day and night. You're pushed to do your best, represent the team and do what's right for everyone. It's an inseparable bond that often lasts beyond the field.

I often say, I consider myself as a hard-worker. It all comes from sports and knowing how to work through challenges with teammates.

It's no different for professional athletes. They are also human, and face difficult obstacles in life - on and off the field. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is one of them. A tragic week for him and his family, he lost his younger brother to a motorcycle accident less than 24 hours before kick-off.

Yet he came out Sunday and put on a great performance. What was special for me though, was to document for the game for Getty Images, and witnessing the bond, real moment with teammate Ray Lewis post-game that showed his softer side.

I love seeing teammates caring for one another - even on their darkest days. It's also great to see that these superstars are apart of a brotherhood that goes beyond the game - that's what it's all about.


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