Boston, Feb. 3, 2015, — Tom Brady took home the MVP, but it was former West Alabama All-American Malcolm Butler who made the play that clinched the New England Patriots win in Super Bowl XLIX. Brady agreed to give the Chevy truck awarded to him with the MVP prize to Butler during this morning’s interview on WEEI sports radio.
A picture of Butler’s interception made to the home page of UWA’s website. The caption reads “UWA’s Malcolm Butler: Super Bowl Hero.”
The undrafted free agent from UWA intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson with 20 seconds left to seal the deal for the Patriots. And the rest is history. Patriots won its fourth Super Bowl championship in 13 years.
One ESPN reporter even went as far as to say that Butler will never have to buy a drink or pay for another meal in New England for the rest of his life.
“Or in Livingston for that matter,” quipped UWA head coach Brett Gilliland.
For those who know Butler, they will tell you none of that matters.
He was humble as a Division II All-American cornerback at West Alabama. He is even more humble as a Super Bowl hero.
“I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true,” Butler said. “I’m just blessed. I can’t explain it right now. It’s crazy.”
A reaction slightly different from an earlier sideline shot of Seattle corner Richard Sherman who felt the need to show up Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis following a Seahawks score.
The game winning interception wasn’t the only thing Butler contributed to the Patriots win. He made three solo tackles and defended another pass.
Butler is sure to be celebrated by tens of thousands Patriots fans at the championship parade in Boston tomorrow morning.