EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —
Staying under the radar might not be possible after Sunday night when the third-year linebacker from USC returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Smith also made nine tackles as the Seahawks defeated the
"It just represents how our defense played," Smith said, adding "You've seen guys out here make those type of plays and tonight it was my turn."
Two weeks ago, Smith intercepted a tipped pass by cornerback
On Sunday, late in the second quarter, Smith intercepted a pass by quarterback
"It was up there for awhile," Smith said of the ball. "I was kind of thinking, 'Again? Like, No way.' "
Smith returned the interception 69 yards to give the Seahawks a 22-0 lead after the first half.
Smith and his older brother Steve, who won a Super Bowl title with the
"It's great, man, it's great for our family," said Malcolm, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011. "I don't think we ever imagined being a pair of Super Bowl-winning brothers."
Said Steve, a former USC All-American receiver: "Oh my God, it just feels so good. It's unbelievable, unbelievable. I'm so happy for him."
Their mother, Audrey, also was on hand in the postgame interview room, wearing a No. 53 jersey. She said she was very proud of her sons.
"Yeah!" she said. "I got two rings."