Now, Smith is honoring his late brother, Tevin Jones, through a scholarship fund in his name to be awarded Saturday during halftime of a Battle of the Beltway charity basketball game at Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.
"The scholarship is in memory of my brother," said Smith, a former Maryland standout, Wednesday afternoon during a conference call. "It's something that's big for my foundation and my family. I'm looking forward to it. Due to the support of everyone, we're able to keep his name going. We're all looking forward to it. It will be a great moment."
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Smith and Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan have partnered to host the game, which will benefit their respective charitable foundations. The event is scheduled to include Ravens nose guard Haloti Ngata, wide receivers Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown and Gerrard Sheppard, cornerback Lardarius Webb, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and quarterback Tyrod Taylor along with former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers last year.
"Tyrod is definitely an MVP candidate," Smith said. "He's been dominating the last few years. Anquan plays like it's Game Seven of the finals. It's going to be fun. We're very competitive guys, but we take care of each other out there."
Among the Redskins players scheduled to attend besides Kerrigan: cornerback DeAngelo Hall, tight end Niles Paul, defensive end Darryl Tapp, nose tackle Chris Neild quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Nick Williams and tight end Niles Paul.
"Ryan Kerrigan is a great guy, and his play has been speaking for itself," Smith said. "I'm thankful to him for teaming up with me."
Other NFL players who have accepted invitations to the game: Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle A.J. Francis (Maryland), former Ravens wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Maryland), Cleveland Browns wide receivers Greg Little, Josh Gordon and Tori Gurley and Browns cornerback Joe Haden.
"We're definitely thankful for those guys," Smith said. "You reach out to guys and everyone is coming. Their flights are booked. Their rooms are set. I think them coming says a lot about them." They want to play some basketball and have a good time. They're volunteering their weekend when they could be relaxing on an island."
Smith held his first charity basketball game at his high school in Colonial Beach, Va. This is the first year it's being held at Maryland, which was done to accommodate more fans.
"I'm excited about moving it to the Comcast Center," Smith said. "Obviously, it's a place I have some great memories of watching our college team and still support to this day. I love the school and I'm proud of it. To help me out and have this game at this venue, obviously the event has grown. To have it at the University of Maryland, a class university, I'm proud to be associated with it. The location is awesome, too.
"The first year we did it was during the lockout and we had guys come down from the Skins and we've been doing it ever since before I set foot in Baltimore. We continue to grow and make it better each and every year. It's been something that the people in my area come up to me and ask about all the time. I'm proud and thankful to be a part of that."