Malcolm Smith, who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks, had a tremendous game in his first Super Bowl on February 2, 2014.
Here are five interesting facts about the talented linebacker:
The former USC Trojan is the youngest NFL defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP
Born on July 5, 1989, Smith is only 24-years-old, but has already won one of the most prestigious awards in professional football. At the age of 24, Smith is the youngest defensive player to ever win Super Bowl MVP. It is important to note that there have been some other young defensive players to win the award, including former Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent who earned the award when he was 26-years-old.
He was drafted in the last round of the 2011 NFL Draft
Although Smith had a reputation as a college football player with potential and aggressiveness, he fell to the last round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In fact, the California-born football player was selected at the 242nd pick. The Seahawks obviously made a great selection when they selected him in the draft.
The linebacker is the third linebacker to be crowned Super Bowl MVP
A number of great linebackers have played in the NFL, including the late Junior Seau and Brian Urlacher. Throughout the history of the Super Bowl, however, only three linebackers have been crowned MVP. The other linebackers are Chuck Howley, who won the award for his performance at Super Bowl V, and Ray Lewis, who won the award for his performance at Super Bowl XXXV.
Played for his current head coach Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California
Another interesting fact about Smith is that he played for his current head coach at the University of California. While playing for the USC football team, Smith had a great game while playing against the UCLA Bruins in 2009, a game in which he returned an interception for a touchdown. Smith’s interception-for-touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII was for 69-yards; he also recorded 10 tackles during the game.
Smith has an older brother who was a professional wide receiver
The Super Bowl XLVIII MVP has an older brother, Steve Smith, who also helped a professional football team win a Super Bowl. The older brother was a member of the New York Giants during the 2007 season, in which the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots, 17-14. Steve’s best season was in 2009, when he posted career numbers of 1,220 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
Tom Harrington is a passionate fan of football. His favorite football team is the New England Patriots.
Doug Farrar, “For Seattle’s Malcolm Smith, ‘Faith, Family and Football’ are more than cliches,” Sports Illustrated.
Jay Busbee, “9/11 truther interrupts Malcolm Smith press conference,” Yahoo! Sports.
Jim Corbett, “Malcolm Smith, Super Bowl MVP, leads ‘bunch of misfits’,” USA Today.