Smith pulled off one of the biggest plays of the game when he intercepted a pass from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter and sprinted 69 yards for a touchdown.
The 24-year-old's touchdown effectively killed off Denver's chances of mounting a comeback. They were trailing 15-0 at the time and driving but Smith's interception gave his team a 22-0 lead.
Smith is just the third linebacker to win the prestigious award, joining Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys and Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.
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