Posted February 03, 2014

Malcolm Smith wins Super Bowl XLVIII MVP

Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII
Malcolm Smith nabbed two of Seattle's four turnovers. (Bill Frakes/SI)

Malcolm Smith nabbed two of Seattle’s four turnovers. (Bill Frakes/SI)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Just about any Seahawks defender who played in a 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Broncos could have staked a claim to the game’s MVP award. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, also a hero during Seattle’s NFC championship win, took home the trophy.

Smith had a critical pick-six of Peyton Manning in the first half Sunday. With the Broncos trailing 15-0 but driving in hopes of getting on the scoreboard, Smith nabbed a floating Manning pass and returned in 69 yards for a touchdown. Later, Smith recovered a Demaryius Thomas fumble — another of the four turnovers Denver committed in the blowout title game.

Smith joins Ray Lewis (Super Bowl XXXV) and Chuck Howley (V) as the only linebackers ever to win the MVP award.

“No way,” Smith told FOX’s Michael Strahan when he was asked if he expected to win MVP on Sunday night. “I woke up jumping, bouncing around, and it just turned out great for us tonight.”

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Though Richard Sherman was a deserving recipient of the most praise after his terrific play late in the NFC Championship Game versus San Francisco, it was Smith who came down with the clinching interception after Sherman’s tip. That interception sent Seattle to the Super Bowl.

Perhaps on a team featuring a quarterback making less than $1 million per year and bolstered by cheap free-agent signings like Cliff Avril, it’s fitting that Smith gets the nod. A seventh-round pick at No. 242 overall in 2011, Smith made just $555,000 this season in base salary, yet forced his way into the regular rotation. And then, in his team’s two biggest games of the season, he stepped up in historic fashion.

20 comments
CousinVinny75
CousinVinny75

Russell Wilson continues to be slighted by the pundits. Definitely hypocrisy for Russell Wilson not to win Super Bowl MVP after the precedent of rewarding it to QBs who have had much more pedestrian numbers in the Super Bowl like Peyton Manning for starters.

sg12
sg12

How did Russell Wilson not win the SB MVP?? If his name was Eli Manning, he would have received every vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with no one else receiving a single vote. What else could this young man do? He throw a terrible pass on his very 1st pass attempt and after that was perfect. The game would have been alot closer if Russell was not on the field. No one on the defense was the difference, the whole DEFENSE was the difference.

pirate
pirate

The fact that the MVP is a no-name linebacker is perfect. It wasn't about a star. It was a thorough team domination, a beat-down of the anointed one by a team that didn't read the clippings, just lined up and beat the hell out of the other guys. In a sense, giving it to Smith was giving it to the entire defense.

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

@StevenWiggs


no, the caption is correct. "Malcolm Smith nabbed two of Seattle’s four turnovers."Malcolm Smith plays for Seattle. The Seahawks took 4 turnovers from Denver.

Matthew W
Matthew W

I thought that if the QB of the winning team had 100+ yards and a 40% completion rate that he would automatically win the MVP award. 


The Giant's defense is still upset....

Holland
Holland

Could have been the water boy

Jon8
Jon8

New contract for R Wilson perhaps?

jrhowl
jrhowl

1st game I EVER saw that was over after the 1st play from scrimmage!!


J57
J57

As an avid Broncos fan, I'm in here to offer congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks. They played an awesome game and are the best team in football right now. Russell Wilson is a class act, and had my vote for MVP, and he made a lot of critical completions while on the run.

StevenWiggs
StevenWiggs

Should've been P. Harvin. 


Also, the photo caption is wrong. Denver had 4 turnovers, not Seattle. 

Jeff27
Jeff27

Wrong guy got MVP--should have been Russell Wilson for all the clutch 3rd down passes, not to mention the leadership on offense. If Avril doesn't tip the pass that Smith returned for a pick-6, he's not even in the discussion.

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

This was as dominant a performance as I've ever seen in a Super Bowl. Congrats to the Seahawks.

j7apple
j7apple

@Jon8  Not allowed under CB for another year.   Seattle has a deal on him.

Patokev
Patokev

@Jon8  Wilson will have to wait a year actually before Seattle need to offer him something better. Sherman and Smith though will need to given increased contract extensions. Seattle might lose a few receiver's to free agency like Golden Tate so that may be an area you will see some changes.

J57
J57

@Jon8 He definitely deserves it.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

@jrhowl  

This game and the Bama/ND title game...they were about the same

j7apple
j7apple

@Jeff27  They were clutch, but the D really made this game.

pirate
pirate

@Patokev @Jon8  Isn't Eric Thomas due for renegotiation as well? I like Golden Tate, but there are receivers out there. Eric Thomas is the heart of the defense.