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Malcolm Smith: The MVP could have gone to anybody on our team

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Even in the closing minutes of Super Bowl XLVIII, after he had scored a touchdown on an interception return, recovered a fumble and recorded 10 total tackles, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was not expecting to be named Super Bowl MVP.

Smith said this morning that he thought just about anyone on the Seahawks’ defense could have received the MVP award, and he also mentioned receiver Jermaine Kearse, quarterback Russell Wilson and all-purpose threat Percy Harvin as players who could have received the MVP. In the end, however, Smith was happy to get it.

“We had a lot of guys. It could have gone to anybody. For it to be me, I was kind of surprised and happy at the same time,” Smith said.

As a 2011 seventh-round draft pick who has mostly been a backup in his NFL career, Smith was an unlikely choice as MVP. And at his early-morning press conference, Smith said he hadn’t expected to be there. Smith was even a little sheepish in explaining why he didn’t wear a suit to the press conference, saying that he put on comfortable clothes for the flight to Florida he’s about to take.

“I have a suit,” Smith said. “But I’m dressed to go to Disney World.”

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42 Responses to “Malcolm Smith: The MVP could have gone to anybody on our team”
  1. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 3, 2014 9:24 AM

    Even the PED supplier.

  2. meatcarroll says: Feb 3, 2014 9:27 AM

    It was so refreshing to see a total team domination for once where there were several worthy candidates for Superb Owl MVP instead of the usual one man army that’s unfortunately becoming the trend.

  3. britishraven says: Feb 3, 2014 9:28 AM

    He seems like a great guy, congratulations!

  4. kavika6 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:29 AM

    Bitter. So so bitter.

  5. xsherr says: Feb 3, 2014 9:29 AM

    It truly was an all-around team win.

  6. 2difshoe says: Feb 3, 2014 9:30 AM

    OMAHA…OMAHA

    O h
    M y
    A ching
    H ead &
    A rse

  7. seattlesue427 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:30 AM

    4allintensivepurposes says:
    Feb 3, 2014 9:24 AM

    Even the PED supplier.
    ******************
    The expression is “for all intents and purposes”, which should be the first indicator of your lack of intelligence. You’re full of sour grapes and the Seahawks are still the champions. Do you really feel any better for having been a jerk?

  8. fanofevilempire says: Feb 3, 2014 9:34 AM

    I like Harvin for MVP.

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 3, 2014 9:36 AM

    My vote would have went to Chancellor. Absolutely no one wanted to watch a pass anywhere near him.

  10. weepingjebus says: Feb 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    Hey, so I had to pull a double last night. How’d the game go? Manning threw for 7 TDs and 750 yards, right? Guys?

  11. metalman5150 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:39 AM

    Animal planets puppy bowl was a terrific alternative to this year’a sorry excuse of a Super Bowl.

  12. eagleswin says: Feb 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    I’m shocked to see a Seattle Seahawk acting humble. I’m used to Seattle players proclaiming they are the greatest or using the superbowl to air every perceived grievance against them.

    Kudos to Smith. Now if he could only get his teammates to follow his lead.

  13. WACANHFL says: Feb 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    4allintensivepurposes says:
    Feb 3, 2014 9:24 AM
    Even the PED supplier.
    ______________________
    Go back to school and retake English…

    FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES !!!!!!

    The Seahawks are NFL CHAMPIONS
    Malcolm Smith you have shown real class.

    GO HAWKS!

  14. Dexter Morgan says: Feb 3, 2014 9:44 AM

    seattlesue427 says:
    Feb 3, 2014 9:30 AM
    4allintensivepurposes says:
    Feb 3, 2014 9:24 AM

    Even the PED supplier.
    ******************
    The expression is “for all intents and purposes”, which should be the first indicator of your lack of intelligence. You’re full of sour grapes and the Seahawks are still the champions. Do you really feel any better for having been a jerk?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you need someone to explain the joke, then the joke is most definitely on you. The screen name is clearly supposed to be incorrect. Where do you people come from? Make sure that you also go and correct “meatcarroll” for spelling Pete wrong…. Do you feel any better for having been a jerk?

  15. packerbackernj says: Feb 3, 2014 9:46 AM

    Normally blow outs aren’t fun to watch. But when it’s Peyton Manning and the over rated Broncos, it was great. All year, ive been saying they are over rated and faced like 2 good teams all year. Congrats Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man, and thanks for winning me close to 6 grand.

  16. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 3, 2014 9:48 AM

    It should have gone to the NCAA for allowing Pete Carroll to get away with cheating at USC and land a job in the NFL.

  17. seatownballers says: Feb 3, 2014 9:48 AM

    Scoreboard

  18. patriotenvy says: Feb 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    Broncos – karma for stealing Welker and having him take out Talib!!!

  19. rabidboy says: Feb 3, 2014 9:56 AM

    Total team effort on Seattle’s part so selecting one particular player was going to be difficult.

    His pix 6 put the game away but the lame duck pass was created by Avril, same with his fumble recovery that was created by Chancellor.

    Not sure if this is possible (although with Roger “ringmaster” Goodell anything may be) but the voting should be open to a team’s unit.

    Congrats to Seattle and to this humble kid.

  20. wwwmattcom says: Feb 3, 2014 9:56 AM

    I just want to know how the Seattle fans are doing with their sandals made of recycled material in the NJ snow?

  21. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    I’d match this Seattle team with any of the greatest SB teams throughout history and feel good about their chances.

  22. redandgoldhitman52 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:07 AM

    seattle has 1 lonely trophy in there dusty trophy case. its about frikkin time. maybe in another 30 years you’ll get another trophy. at that pace, you’ll need 120 more years to catch the 49ers with 5 trophys. eat right and some of ya’ll just might be alive at 140 years old. good luck.

  23. elliottcovert says: Feb 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    It was great to see it go to Smith. I think the MVP award goes to the quarterback of the winning team by default far too often. I think it should have been Jacoby Jones last year, but it’s great to see it go to Smith, who represents Seattle’s defense as a whole.

  24. seals1 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:13 AM

    7th rounder, Career back up. I don’t care how good the coach is he can’t make a the guy immediately bigger, faster stronger.

    We have some PED’s in the water in the Pacific North West.

    The speed, size, strength difference last night was too much for me to believe is just a team that wanted it more. Sneaky Pete pulls off another one.

  25. monsterscream says: Feb 3, 2014 10:42 AM

    Fact – Russell Wilson is the only QB to throw for 200 yds. and 2 TD’s in a Super Bowl win and not receive MVP honors.

    Things that make you go ‘hmmmmmmmm….’

  26. ngw8070 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    rabidboy says:Feb 3, 2014 9:56 AM

    Total team effort on Seattle’s part so selecting one particular player was going to be difficult.

    His pix 6 put the game away but the lame duck pass was created by Avril, same with his fumble recovery that was created by Chancellor.

    Not sure if this is possible (although with Roger “ringmaster” Goodell anything may be) but the voting should be open to a team’s unit.

    Congrats to Seattle and to this humble kid.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The fumble was caused by Maxwell.

    But that just further illustrates your point of it being a total team effort.

  27. ngw8070 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    monsterscream says:Feb 3, 2014 10:42 AM

    Fact – Russell Wilson is the only QB to throw for 200 yds. and 2 TD’s in a Super Bowl win and not receive MVP honors.

    Things that make you go ‘hmmmmmmmm….’

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wilson didn’t take the game over the way the defense did.

    It almost had to go to a player on the defense.

  28. beastmode5150 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:55 AM

    Hey niner, every hawk player has a ring. Zero niner players have a ring. Drops mic.

  29. trollaikman8 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:59 AM

    Should’ve gone to Kam. That guy was dominant from the opening kickoff. I mean literally, the guy was blowing people up on special teams.

  30. hawkstradamus says: Feb 3, 2014 11:24 AM

    @redandgoldbitman52 crawl back into your hole of failure.

  31. toonloonboon says: Feb 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    so when is seattles super bowl and pot parade?

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    I said it last night I am happy for Malcom but like he said it could have gone to anybody on the team. Chancellor, Harvin, Wilson, Kearse, Avril. Team effort got that win to wrap up the season. So proud of this team. Go Hawks

  33. artworkworld says: Feb 3, 2014 12:13 PM

    monsterscream says:Feb 3, 2014 10:42 AM

    Fact – Russell Wilson is the only QB to throw for 200 yds. and 2 TD’s in a Super Bowl win and not receive MVP honors.

    Things that make you go ‘hmmmmmmmm….’

    This is something that makes you go hmmm if you are an idiot or someone who wants to start a controversy with racial subtext where none exists. In the first place, it is not a fact. In Super Bowl 23, Joe Montana completed 22 of 36 passes for 357 yards & 2 touchdowns. Jerry Rice had 215 of those yards & one touchdown and was chosen as the MVP. In Super Bowl 10, Terry Bradshaw threw for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lynn Swan was the MVP. In Superbowl 39, Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns and Deion Branch was the MVP. In Super Bowl 31, Brett Favre threw for 246 yards & 2 touchdowns and Desmond Howard was the MVP. There may be other examples, but it only takes one in this case to disprove the thesis.

    Secondly, while Wilson played a solid, almost error proof game, he clearly wasn’t the most valuable player. It could have gone to 2 or 3 Seahawks players, but whoever was chosen was going to be on the defense.

    There is plenty of real racism in society. Why bother just making up more?

  34. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 3, 2014 12:38 PM

    Should his pick six have been ruled a touchdown catch by the Broncos? Golden Tate thought so. He didn’t see any problem with being favored by an “intertouchdownception” call, so I’m guessing he would approve if it happened against him.

  35. bert1913 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    Who’s idea was it to give away a truck instead of a corvette?

  36. dedicatedhawkfan says: Feb 3, 2014 1:27 PM

    Omaha ha ha haaaa!

  37. cadan24 says: Feb 3, 2014 3:18 PM

    im a 49ers fan…i hate to admit it…Kam Chancellor is a beast! This guy is maybe playing best safety in the league right now. I know he scared Vernon Davis away this year during SF-SEA games

  38. whinerssuck says: Feb 3, 2014 3:55 PM

    To all the mouthy niner fans only—–hahahahahahahhahahahaha. Hahaaaaaahahahaaaaaa. We frigin love it!!!! Now go cry in peace little cryin a$$ cry babies. Hahahaaaaa whoooooooo hooooo hoooooo! Enjoy the offseason. Super Bowl champs!!

  39. praetorian12 says: Feb 3, 2014 4:22 PM

    Kearse– undrafted free agent
    Baldwin– undrafted free agent
    M. Smith– 7th round
    Chancellor– 5th round
    Wilson– 3rd round
    Sherman– 5th round

    All these studs on one team… maybe the MVP should go to GM John Schneider?

  40. 2liveted says: Feb 3, 2014 4:48 PM

    all these late round picks and undrafted fa’s turning into superstars? a seventh rounder who is a backup his first 2 seasons becomes a stud sb mvp? a defense noticeable faster and stronger than any other in the league by far? in a league with supposedly the greatest talent in the world? hopefully this doesn’t become a tainted title later down the line.

  41. pongonfl says: Feb 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    I think they should get two trophies, they won enough to count as two, and they are owed one by the Stealers

  42. 5to46hawkfan says: Feb 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    Whinerssuck, I have one thing to say to your statement…….
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhh baby!!!!!!! GO HAWKS! Let the whiners go and polish those old a&& trophies that are oxidized!!!!! Hahahahaha

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