Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks are the NFL’s newly-crowned champions, as winners of Super Bowl XLVIII by a lopsided 43-8 score over the Denver Broncos. While Carroll is taking much of the spotlight as the third coach to win both a college football national title and a Super Bowl, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was bestowed with the game’s prestigious MVP award.
Smith is the ninth defensive player to be honored as the MVP, the third linebacker and the third Trojan to win the award.
USC alums Lynn Swann won the MVP in Super Bowl X as a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Marcus Allen won it in Super Bowl XVIII while with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Swann and Allen made two of the Super Bowl’s most iconic highlight reel plays in their games, with Swann’s leaping catch and Allen’s long, back-cutting touchdown run.
Smith earns the award on the merits of two big defensive plays for the Seahawks, including a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown against Peyton Manning, and a fumble recovery.
Malcolm Smith, the brother of Steve Smith, came to USC in 2007 and is one of three USC alums on the Seahawks roster, along with Mike Morgan and the injured Anthony McCoy.