Mississippi Native is Super Bowl Hero

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The NFL preseason is well underway, but some fans are still dwelling on how last year’s Super Bowl ended in the hands of one Mississippi native.
In Super Bowl 49, New England Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler made an interception to clinch a Patriots’ victory. News 25’s Bryan Kennedy caught up with Butler following Saturday’s game in New Orleans to see how he’s dealt with his new found fame.
With one play, Malcolm Butler not only won the Patriots the Super Bowl but sky rocketed his career to a whole new level. The Vicksburg native tells News 25 he may be getting a little tired of reminiscing on the play but he realizes just how important it was. “It’s a great play. When you see me, that’s what you’re going to think about. So it gets old, but you know, I’m blessed to be in this position.”
Ever since that play, Butler says he’s been places he’s never been and met people he never thought he’d meet.
This past Saturday’s game at the Superdome was an opportunity for him to play in front of his biggest supporters from his hometown. “Ain’t too many games on the schedule close, so I had to get a bus load here. You know it’s great to get back home. Haven’t been here in a while, kind of miss it. You know, I can feel the atmosphere. It’s not Mississippi, but it’s Louisiana, so it made me feel more like home.”
In spite of being the hometown hero, Butler still says he’s having a little bit of trouble converting his hometown fans. “Umm, I don’t know about that one! A couple of them are going to ride with me just because I’m from Mississippi, but they’re New Orleans Saints fans.”
Even though they may not switch sides, the city of Vicksburg rolled out the red carpet for Butler in February when they threw him a parade and gave him a key to the city. “The city of Vicksburg, that day, I didn’t think that many people were going to come out and support me,” said Butler, “But a lot of people came out to support me. I know they’re very proud of me and I appreciate the support.”
Butler tells News 25, his first game playing in the NFL was also the first NFL game he had even been to in his life.

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