WATCH: Penn State’s Ji’Ayir Brown picks off Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl

When he was at Penn State, Ji'Ayir Brown was a bit of a ball-hawking safety in the Penn State defensive backfield. Now he has perhaps the biggest interception of his life.

Brown, a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers, picked off a pass from Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the opening drive of the second half of Super Bowl LVIII, giving the 49ers a quick defensive stop.

Brown was a third-round pick of the 49ers in the 2023 NFL draft. Brown, one of Penn State’s top JUCO transfers from Lackawanna College, ended his Penn State career by being named the Rose Bowl defensive eMVP at the end of the 2022 season. Now he has one of the top defensive plays in this year’s Super Bowl.

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Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire