'Sleep' next for Super Bowl champ Byron Maxwell of Fort Dorchester High School
So, Byron Maxwell, your Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl and made Peyton Manning look bad while doing it.
What are you going to do now?
"Sleep, man!" Maxwell told reporters after the Seahawks' 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos in Sunday night's Super bowl. "I just want to sleep. I just want to lay in a bed to be honest with you, brother. It's been a long season, and the hard work paid off, and I just want to sleep and enjoy this."
Whether he slept Sunday night or not, Maxwell, a former standout at Fort Dorchester High School and Clemson, found himself on the front page of USA Today on Monday morning, celebrating in a photo with Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.
A sixth-round pick in 2011, Maxwell played no small part in the Seahawks' Super Bowl run. He started the last five games of the regular season at cornerback, intercepting four passes during that stretch.
In the Super Bowl, Maxwell made four tackles and caused a fumble, punching the football away from Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas. Smith, who also returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered the fumble. That set up Russell Wilson's 23-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse for a 36-0 lead in the third quarter.
Maxwell, who grew up in the Petersfield community near Hollywood, became the first Clemson product to play for a Super Bowl champ since Anthony Waters won it with the Saints in 2010. He's also the 24th different Clemson player to earn a Super Bowl ring.
And how about this honor: On Sunday, one of the Washington State ferries that crosses Puget Sound was named for Maxwell. The "M/V Evergreen State" became the "M/V Byron Maxwell" for a day by decree of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
After he catches up on his sleep, Maxwell plans to help the Seahawks get back to the Super Bowl.
"Come back and do it again," he said. "Right now, we're going to enjoy this, though. This is a once in a lifetime type opportunity."