Former Chris Smith All-Star achieves his dream of playing in the NFL

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Updated: May 9, 2015

Torrey Grissett played in the Inaugural Chris Smith All-Star Classic back in 2003. Grissett returned to this year’s Classic to say thank you. He was amazed at how the event has grown since that cold day at Dillard High School Stadium over a decade ago.  Grissett signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2011 as a non-collegian athlete.

Torrey Grissett is an example of a person who overcame his inner demons because his purpose and destiny would not allow him to be defeated. In addition, Grissett did not allow his naysayers to dictate his life because of his chosen unconventional journey to the NFL. Grissett did not play football collegiately, which made his road to the NFL difficult, yet much rewarding.

“I didn’t play in college. I went out played in the Arena Football (Tampa Bay Storm),” said Grissett. “I also did some things over in the IFL (Indoor Football League).”

Through self-promotion and the springboard of the AFL and the IFL has helped Grissett to get noticed by the Cleveland Browns. From there, the Miami native’s dream became a reality.

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