Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and his wife, Chanel, welcomed their first child on Friday, a son they’re calling T.J. (for Torrey Jeremiah).
Like all new parents, they debated a couple of issues. And, like any father, Smith was filled with hopes and emotions as he prepared for the big arrival, writing eloquently on his blog about “Counting Down to Fatherhood.”
I told @LibraLadii_ I didn’t want to pit up pics of the baby but after all she went through yesterday she wins— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 5, 2014
We can’t figure out who TJ looks like…what do y’all think?— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 5, 2014
And, yes, the cuteness is off the charts.
Smith, whose moving story of how he and his mother grew up together was told by Eric Prisbell in 2010, wrote on his blog that:
I want my son to look at me like I’m the best man in the world. With that I have to be the best man that I can be. I can’t send mixed signals and that puts pressure on me to live my life a certain way. If I’m blessed with a daughter one day I want to show her how a man should treat her in hopes that she knows what to look for when she gets married. Am I perfect? No, but I’m trying to place higher standards on myself in hopes that I will live a certain way. I still have a lot of growing to do as an individual to reach those standards but I’m going to work hard to get there.
In my opinion the best leaders are those whose actions speak louder than their words. When it comes to parenting I want to show my son better than I can tell him. With that I must better myself! He doesn’t even know that he has changed my life and he isn’t even here yet. I will give my all to him and let him know that it is ok to love someone and tell them that you love them. That is something that I struggled with because I never really heard it growing up. If I did, the actions didn’t really add up to me so I never really believed it no matter who was saying it. I want to make sure that he has an open mind and open heart. That he can give and receive love, be respectful, and give more than he takes. These are all things that will not happen overnight but I will do my part in making sure he is a well-balanced young man. I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a parent. I believe that everything happens for a reason and he is here for a reason! Now I must raise him to be a better man than I could ever dream of being. Can’t wait to meet little TJ. IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!!!!!