The Orange Bowl is now already almost a month behind us, and National Signing Day is still half a week away. So what do Tigers fans have to look forward to before then? How about former Clemson defensive back Byron Maxwell starring for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, NJ.
For much of his first three seasons in Seattle, Maxwell was overshadowed by the likes of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in the Seahawks’ defensive backfield. Maxwell appeared in just 9 games his rookie year, playing sparingly and mostly on special teams, and just 9 again in his second year in the league. However, Maxwell took his game to another level this year, playing in all 16 of Seattle’s regular season games; starting in 5 of them. A groin injury and season long suspension to Browner forced Maxwell into a starting role late in the season, and the former Tiger has not disappointed. Maxwell turned in four interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and 28 tackles in the regular season, and has been a huge part of the Seattle secondary in the postseason playing opposite Richard Sherman, arguably the best cornerback in the game today. Seattle has relied heavily on Maxwell to shut down the other side of the field, as opposing offenses and quarterbacks have been cautious in attacking Sherman. Maxwell has totaled eight tackles and two pass deflections in Seattle’s two postseason games thus far.
Maxwell and the Seahawks will take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2. Maxwell will be sure to play a big role in the game, as Manning put together the greatest season ever for a quarterback this year, and will undoubtedly test the young cornerback. So keep your eyes peeled this Sunday for #41 in the Seattle secondary, a former Tiger making great strides in his third year in the NFL.