USA track star, Jeshua Anderson has backed his friend and former teammate Malcolm Smith to help the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl glory tonight against the Denver Broncos.
Anderson and Smith participated in football and track during their time at WH Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.
After high school, Smith went on to star for USC football and subsequently get drafted for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.
Anderson meanwhile played against Smith for Washington State until his junior year, when he focused on his track career full time.
The two still maintain a good relationship and in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Anderson said he is pleased for Smith:
“Our relationship was alright, we played football and we ran track together, we were definitely good friends. It’s real good to see him succeed through college and in the professional ranks"
Smith, of course was involved in the final play of the NFC Championship game when he intercepted a Richard Sherman tipped ball to secure victory for the Seahawks.
Sherman received much of the attention after the game but Anderson believes that would not have affected the linebacker.
"I don't think it would have bothered him, he’s definitely a team player and I think just making the Super Bowl, I know thats exciting for him... I think the Seahawks are going to win"
Anderson also said that he still harbors dreams of returning to football once his track career is finished.
"Right now focus is track,but after I've completed my goals, I'd definitely like to come back into football, but thats down the line."
"I dont see it not happening, for sure... I’ll get a shot at it."