NEW YORK (AP) — Three words raced through Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith’s mind as he streaked toward the end zone in the Super Bowl with an interception: “Don’t get caught.”
That, Smith explained Monday, would be the “typical thoughts a defensive player (would have) with the ball.” And he heeded his own advice, going 69 yards for a touchdown on that play.
He added a fumble recovery later, part of a terrific defensive performance that earned him MVP honors as Seattle beat Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos 43-8 for the Seahawks’ first NFL championship.
At no moment during Sunday’s action did Smith think he would take home the award — even if his teammates did.
“Guys were like, ‘You might be MVP,’” Smith said Monday. “And I was like, ‘No way.’”
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