19 episodes

Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature celebrity interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.

Trending Thoughts with Torrey Smith Torrey Smith

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    • 5.0 • 325 Ratings

Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature celebrity interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.

    18: Police Presence in Schools and Seeking Restorative Justice with Erika Chavarria

    18: Police Presence in Schools and Seeking Restorative Justice with Erika Chavarria

    In this episode of Trending Thoughts, Torrey is joined by Erika Chavarria, a Spanish teacher at Wild Lake High School, the founder of Columbia Community Care, and a board member of the Anti-Racist Education Alliance. Torrey and Erika discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and the role of school resource officers.
    Erika’s upbringing in New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” (1:02)Living in Howard County and experiencing diversity and student activism at Wild Lake (7:45)Discussing the presence of police in schools (14:24)The data is clear about having police in school (36:03)Implementing and advocating for restorative justice (41:40)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com
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    • 51 min
    17: Life in Baltimore and Political Commentary with Rochelle Ritchie

    17: Life in Baltimore and Political Commentary with Rochelle Ritchie

    Torrey is joined by writer, commentator, and public speaker Rochelle Ritchie on this week’s episode of Trending Thoughts. Torrey talks with Rochelle about her experience in Baltimore, politics, voting rights, and more.
    Natural hair and the standard of beauty (2:43)Living in Baltimore and learning to love the Maryland blue crab (13:15)Covering crime and representing people in their best light (19:12)Addressing the problem of using Baltimore as a political backdrop (32:17)Discussing the “defund the police” conversation and practical ways to bring about change (34:19)Understanding the power of your vote and fighting voter suppression (43:45)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com

    • 58 min
    16: Visualize the Rise and Post-NFL Life with Jermon Bushrod

    16: Visualize the Rise and Post-NFL Life with Jermon Bushrod

    Torrey is joined by a hometown hero and former NFL Pro Bowl lineman Jermon Bushrod. Torrey talks with Jermon about his foundation Visualize the Rise and life after the NFL. Highlights from their conversation include:
    Visualize the Rise’s scholarships and community involvement (1:40)Sharing about your challenges to help others walk through them (6:52)Looking back on the excitement of the start of the NFL season from retirement (14:05)Getting that sweet, sweet Josh McCown practice squad deal (19:48)Transitioning to being a fan and ranking who we root for (22:30)As parents, which athletes do we encourage our children to look up to? (28:55)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com
    SUBSCRIBE NOW
    https://www.trendingthoughtspodcast.com

    • 42 min
    15: Giving Back in Baltimore with Dr. Andrey Bundley and Andrew Knox

    15: Giving Back in Baltimore with Dr. Andrey Bundley and Andrew Knox

    Torrey is joined by Dr. Andrey Bundley and Andrew Knox, founders of We Are Us, a community-led organization that helps with all areas of life in Baltimore. Torrey talks with Andrey and Andrew about their dedication to giving back to the city. Highlights from their conversation include:
    Why does committing to Baltimore matter to you? (1:51)Responding to naysayers who talk about problems in Baltimore but don’t see the work that is being done there (5:43)Helping settle beefs and diffusing potentially violent confrontations (15:50)Role of fathers in helping change environments and lives for the better (28:55)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com
    SUBSCRIBE NOW
    https://www.trendingthoughtspodcast.com

    • 41 min
    14: Back to School during Covid with Chanel Smith

    14: Back to School during Covid with Chanel Smith

    Torrey is back on air with his wife and co-host, Chanel to talk about COVID and going back to school. Torrey and Chanel, a former teacher, break down the pros and cons of the in-person, remote, and hybrid learning approaches schools are undertaking.
    Keeping students engaged while learning virtually (3:03) The value of teachers is being realized and the need to pay teachers more (8:14)In-person learning is great … until it’s not great. Is it worth taking the risk? (11:18)Kids take in everything we say so the way we talk about the situation in front of their kids really matters (16:28) The choice afforded by the hybrid option (18:52)Other options like tutoring pods and how that further divides the haves and have-nots (22:38)Why we’re deciding to do homeschooling (24:05)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com

    • 34 min
    13: Should College and Youth Sports be Canceled with Chanel Smith

    13: Should College and Youth Sports be Canceled with Chanel Smith

    In this episode, Torrey is re-joined by his wife and co-host, Chanel. Torrey and Chanel have a funny and spirited conversation about what it’s like for college athletes facing lost seasons, letting their kids play sports and the impact of COVID on youth sports.
    Should college sports be canceled? Tough choices from athletes’ perspectives (2:21)Where to draw the line for social distancing and letting our kids play sports (13:40)Youth leagues prioritizing health over sports (25:10)About Trending Thoughts:
    Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.
    Each episode is produced by my partners at HEARD podcasts. You can find out more about their work with me, or discuss a project of your own by visiting www.HEARDpods.com

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
325 Ratings

325 Ratings

meghinm ,

A Great Podcast with a great athlete, father, and philanthropist

I grew up knowing of Torrey, we both grew up in colonial beach, our moms went to school together, I read about him in the news paper succeeding in school and football. He was only a few years older than me but I was inspired by home. Now I get to listen to him open up about things he experienced in life that I can relate to. We grew up in similar ways, around the same people, when his brother passed away, I lost a classmate, my friends grieved and I knew Torrey was grieving too. Then I saw him win the super bowl. I didn’t even enjoy watching football lol but I was rooting for him. During that time by mom was in an abusive relationship with a man that was all of a sudden a very big part of my life. He took my mom away from me, sent her to the hospital, and my world turned upside down. I transferred colleges to be closer to home. My coaches at my first college didn’t know what was going on, nobody did. I felt alone but knowing that Torrey also experienced domestic violence and came out the other side the way he did, I know I can too.

I appreciate you Torrey. Thank you.

Kendallgrace22 ,

Learning

I really appreciate this podcast and the honest and real dialogue.

Mel1ssa B ,

Great podcast!

Great podcast Torrey! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences and story with us. I am truly enjoying every episode. BTW... Chanel will make a great co- host!

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