Leigh Torrence is a determined leader using his voice to raise the level of accountability for education and empowerment for youth in urban communities everywhere.
Currently a cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, Torrence is known not only for his speed on the field but also for his hard work and determination. Leigh is equally passionate about the game of football and his mission to be an advocate for children, particularly children in his own home community of South West Atlanta.
In 2005 Leigh was signed as a Rookie Free Agent to the Green Bay Packers, and later acquired by the Atlanta Falcons. Since returning to Atlanta Leigh Torrence has been an integral part of the Community, as a dynamic speaker at local elementary and middle schools in the area, a generous donator to local charities, and a community organizer.
His enthusiasm for empowering children is nothing new. During his days at Stanford University, he helped organize Stanford Athletes and Kids United, a mentoring and after school program that served disadvantaged youth of the nearby East Palo Alto Community. At Stanford Leigh was honored as an Academic All-American and a member of the Pac-10’s All-Academic Team, while majoring in Political Science and African American Studies. Leigh remained involved in Stanford student body, where he was a member of the NAACP, Black Student Union (BSU), and the President of the Alpha Mu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
During the summer for 2006 following his rookie season with the Falcons, Leigh hosted his 1st annual 4th Down Fundamentals Football Camp in South West Atlanta. The event was a huge success and has grown to present more than 450 of Atlanta’s Youth a day long learning experience hosted by NFL Players, Coaches and Cheerleaders. Leigh Torrence is committed to the support and uplift of the Atlanta Community, which gave him his start in life. That commitment led Leigh to form the South West Atlanta Youth Foundation (SWAY), a reflection of his passion to use his success to serve children.
LT’s STANFORD UNIVERSITY BIO
At Stanford: Two-year starter at cornerback, Leigh returns for his fifth season ready to assume his place as one of the top cornerbacks in the Pac-10 ... He has started 20 games for Stanford the past two seasons and his 112 tackles leads all Cardinal cornerbacks heading into the 2004 campaign ... He has tremendous cover skills to go along with speed and quickness ... Very experienced and savvy defender, Leigh will be counted on to be among the team leaders in 2004.
The 2003 Season: One of three cornerbacks who were considered "starters" in 2003 ... Leigh was in the starting lineup in nine games and played in all 11 ... He led all cornerbacks on the team with 64 total tackles and 11 pass breakups ... Second on the team with 50 solo tackles ... He was among the league leaders in passes defensed with 11 ... He also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and tackle for loss ... Recorded a career-high nine tackles at Oregon ... Had eight tackles in games vs. Washington State, Oregon State and Notre Dame ... Named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Pac-10.
The 2002 Season: Starting cornerback who started all 11 games, tied for the team lead with three interceptions and was second on the club with five pass break ups ... Tallied 38 total tackles, including 30 solos, two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... Named Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and Second-Team District-8 Academic All-America ... In his first collegiate start at Boston College on September 7, Leigh had seven tackles and two interceptions ... His first interception was returned 30 yards and set up a Cardinal touchdown ... Had a 25-yard interception return vs. Cal in the Big Game ... Had seven solo tackles against Notre Dame ... Against Arizona, he had four tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The 2001 Season: Backup cornerback and special teams player ... Showed great potential ... Recorded 10 total tackles, one pass break-up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... Also received some playing time on Stanford's kickoff return team ... Had four returns for 62 yards ... Earned his first varsity letter. The 2000 Season: Redshirted the campaign as a true freshman. In Track: Competed in both the 100- and 200-meters and 4x100-meter relay for the Cardinal from 2001-02.
In High School: Started at both cornerback and running back and was a tremendous return threat at Marist High School ... Named to the All-Dixie Team by SuperPrep ... Recorded 49 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and two interceptions as a senior ... As a running back, he rushed for 627 yards on 69 carries ... Scored 12 touchdowns in 1999, six rushing, four receiving, one kickoff return (95 yards) and one punt return (63 yards) ... Also ran track in high school - bests included 10.82 in the 100 and 21.8 in the 200 ... National Merit semifinalist.