Here’s what Smith had to say:
I would like to thank the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization for the opportunity to represent this city. Mr. Lurie thank you for being the man that you are and genuinely caring about your players and the people of the city. To all of the coaching staff, Thank you! Coach Groh thank you for your leadership and energy this season. I would like to personally thank Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl for believing in me since day one and treating me like family. We are family forever. I would like to thank my teammates, the men I will miss the most. I have never had this much fun playing this game that we all love and it was all because of y’all. We had a great time, worked our tails off, and made each other better. To my brothers in the wide receiver room I thank you! Groh and Press challenged us and we did it. WHAT A YEAR! We played for each other and because of that we will fly high together forever! I will miss G and the equipment staff, Pat and the video crew, strength coaches, trainers, pr team, SOME media folks (Someone tell Howard that Lebron is the GOAT), community relations staff, chefs, and janitors. I appreciate your friendship. I would also like to thank Duece Staley and Dom. Y’all are two of the realist dudes alive! Lastly to Philadelphia. Thank you for embracing my family and me. I look forward to visiting my family in PA for the rest of my life knowing that WE did it! They can’t take that away from us! I have grown so much in my faith over the last year because of the men in that locker room. I will miss our Saturday night meetings and will always be grateful for that. Business is business and my time is up. I’m excited for another fresh start. Can’t wait to see what God has next for me! One last time #FlyEaglesFly
Maybe just an oversight but Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman did not receive direct mentions here.
In any case, Smith was a class act during his one year in Philadelphia. He didn’t have the best regular season showing but he stepped up in the playoffs and did his part to help the Eagles win their first Super Bowl title.
On behalf of Eagles fans everywhere: thank you, Torrey.
Best wishes moving forward.
Reaction from Torrey Smith’s teammates:
Much love and respect for you brotha! Gonna miss playing with you. Go and make the most of this opportunity and keep being the man of God and father that you are! Love you bro! https://t.co/VcDxMhzkrI— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) March 9, 2018
Good luck in Carolina @TorreySmithWR !! Pretty cool dude for a Terp.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 9, 2018
Good luck in Carolina Bro! Appreciate who you are as a teammate and as a Man! Keep being a great example to those that look up to you and all those watching. https://t.co/KMWqyKfZWg— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) March 9, 2018