February 3, 2014 in Superbowl 48
By Guest Writer Adam Lockley:
The Seattle Seahawks are the new champions of the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks proved once again that great defense will always outlast great offense. The Seattle Seahawks held the Denver Broncos to just eight points. This Seahawks defense will definitely go down as one of the greatest in history, not just because of their performance this year but because of who they dominated. The Broncos offense had an NFL record in points with 606; Peyton Manning set the record in touchdown passes with 55, and passing yards with 5,477 yards. Their offense just seemed unstoppable until today. It solidifies Seattle as one of the most dynamic defenses of all time. It leads to the topic of the MVP award going to an unlikely source.
For the first time since January 26, 2003 in Super Bowl XXXVII the MVP award goes to a defensive player. The defensive player it goes to is third year linebacker out of USC, Malcolm Smith. In this game Malcolm Smith had an interception returned for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery. Nobody expected him to get the award. Everyone thought that Richard Sherman or Russell Wilson would get the award had Seattle won.
It turns out that Malcolm Smith was one of the unsung heroes for the Seahawks. Not just in the Super Bowl but in the playoffs as well. At the end of NFC Championship game everyone focused on the play Richard Sherman made, but it was appalling how nobody gave credit to the man who actually put the game on ice. Had Malcolm Smith dropped the Colin Kaepernick pass the 49ers would have had three more chances.
Malcolm Smith also helped put this game away with that pick six late in the first half. He is just the third Linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable player award. He is the first defensive player to win it since Buccaneers’ Safety Dexter Jackson won it. The ironic thing about a defensive player winning the award for the first time in eleven years is the fact that Dexter Jackson played for the number one defense as well. Also when Dexter Jackson won the award it was when the number one defense destroyed the number one offense. Also in that game the Buccaneers’ defense shut down league MVP Rich Gannon; tonight the Seahawks shutdown league MVP Peyton Manning.
Hardly anyone knew of Malcolm Smith before the NFC Championship game or even this game. Who knows what this may lead to for him? Maybe he will have a good career or he may just be a one shot wonder. Anyway you look at it he could say that he was the Most Valuable Player on a defense that slowed down the greatest offense of all time. It is definitely something special.