EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A reporter wanted to know what Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith’s 40-yard dash time was at the NFL combine, where all top college prospects are measured and evaluated.
Seemed like a reasonable question.
This was, after all, the linebacker who returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown in the first half, then recovered a fumble in the second half, helping the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 for the championship Sunday night.
Smith’s answer? “I didn’t get invited to the combine.”
And he wasn’t taken until the seventh round of the 2011 draft, the 242nd player chosen. Which is why, he said, he meshes perfectly with his unheralded teammates, more than a third of whom weren’t even drafted at all.
“You might have been overlooked,” Smith said, standing near his locker, where two footballs were tucked away for safekeeping…
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