Butler’s Big Break


Kacper Kruszewski


After his game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, most who know football, know Malcolm Butler’s name. However, before this career-changing moment, Butler was no more than a rookie with a surprising past. Beginning with a late start to his football career, Butler only played two seasons as a high school student in Vicksburg, Mississippi . After playing High School football his freshman and and senior year, he went to Hinds Community College and played 5 games until he was kicked out of the college for an undetermined reason. In 2010, he began taking summer classes at Alcorn State University to get back on track, and picked up a part time job at Popeyes.

In 2011, Malcolm went back to football, invited back to Hinds for a season and later playing Division II at University of West Alabama in 2012. He started all 12 games that fall, finishing the season with 49 tackles, 43 being solo, and five interceptions. After being named the best cornerback in the Gulf Coast Conference, Butler’s big break finally came on May 19, 2014 when he was signed by the Patriots as undrafted free agent.

Malcolm Butler played in 11 games in the regular season and did not get much action when he went in to play. In the postseason he played in all 3 games and had 1 interception. His only interception happened to occur with 20 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, with the Seahawks on the Patriots’ one-yard line. Butler intercepted a Wilson pass at the goal line, returning possession to the Patriots and maintaining the 28-24 lead, essentially making the game winning play.

“You just can’t blow opportunities like this, You’ve just got to take advantage of the great things when they come. It’s been a long road to get here. Some ups, some downs, but I never gave up. I kept pushing and kept believing. I always believed that I could play in this league. It’s just confidence, faith and hard work.” said Butler after the game.