It wasn’t the final result DeVonta Smith or his teammates wanted Sunday, but the second-year Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver turned in one of the top Super Bowl performances by a Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the award.
Smith finished with seven receptions for 100 yards in the Eagles’ 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His receiving yards – the most in Sunday’s game — are tied for the second-most in franchise Super Bowl history, his receptions tied for third.
He came oh so close to becoming the fourth Heisman winner to also boast a national title in college and a Super Bowl win as a pro. The only three with that on their resume are Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen and Charles Woodson.
Smith’s stat line represented the most receptions and receiving yards by a Heisman winner in the Super Bowl. The most receptions and receiving yards by a Heisman winner in the Super Bowl was previously Dorsett’s five catches for 44 yards in the 1979 game.
Smith posted three receptions on the Eagles’ opening scoring drive, two of them resulting in first downs.
His biggest reception of the day came late in the fourth quarter when former Alabama teammate Jalen Hurts found Smith deep on the left sideline for 45 yards to the 2-yard line. The Eagles tied the game at 35-35 a play later.
The 45-yard catch is the longest by a Heisman winner in the Super Bowl, surpassing Eddie George’s 32-yard reception in 2000.
Smith also had an incredible 35-yard reception overturned late in the first half after referees initially ruled it a catch.
In the three Eagle postseason games, Smith totaled 15 grabs for 197 yards and one score.