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Webb Simpson can relate to Malcolm Smith’s post-game intrusion

Webb Simpson may have experienced a bit of deja vue if he tuned into Sunday night's post-game press conference featuring Malcolm Smith, Seahawks linebacker and MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.

An unidentified man disrupts the trophy presentation as Webb Simpson and Bob Costas look on after the final round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 17, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.
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No doubt, facing Peyton Manning and the NFL's best-ever offense did not frighten Smith nearly so much as the 9/11 conspiracy theorist who jumped onto the podium during the Seattle player’s presser.

Ripping the microphone from Smith, who made a trio of huge plays in Seattle's 43-8 dismantling of the Broncos, the guy with a press pass around his neck yelled, "Investigate 9/11, 9/11 was perpetrated by our own government," before security hauled him away.

Golf fans may recall a similar occurence during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 U.S. Open, when a self-described environmental activist who goes by the handle "Jungle Bird" interrupted Bob Costas' crowning of Simpson as the winner of that season’s second major.

Simpson, with a post-Open Twitter post, upped the notoriety of the British Birdman, who had squawked his way onto many a dais with his anti-deforestation message.

"My new friend," @webbsimpson1 tweeted, with an accompanying photo of his intruder, on June 18, 2012.

While the USGA decided not to book the colorfully clad, bird-calling Brit, New Jersey’s finest charged the Super Bowl crasher, identified by UPI as 30-year-old Matthew Mills, with trespassing and released him, according to the Chicago Tribune.