Malcolm Jenkins was defending Peyton Manning passes and tackling Indianapolis Colt receivers on Sunday night. Monday night, he was in Oklahoma City.
The New Orleans defensive back made a whirlwind trip from Florida to Oklahoma to attend the Jim Thorpe Award banquet and present the honor to this year’s winner, Eric Berry. A year ago, Jenkins won the award given to the best defensive back in college football, and he decided last year that he’d return to pass it on to this year’s winner. "I planned on coming back,” he said. "I didn’t plan on going to the Super Bowl.” But even when the Saints made it, the rookie didn’t back out. He caught a noon flight out of Miami and arrived in Oklahoma City late Monday afternoon. "I’m going on like two hours of sleep right now,” Jenkins said. He shrugged. "I don’t have anything to do tomorrow.” That’s not entirely true. A victory parade is scheduled in New Orleans, and Jenkins, the second Thorpe winner in the past three seasons to win a Super Bowl as a rookie, will be there. "It’s just an amazing thing,” Jenkins said. "We celebrated and had fun, and now, I can’t wait to get back to New Orleans. "Mardi Gras has already started.”