Honoring Super Bowl Hero Malcolm Butlerby Representative Bennie G. Thompson
Posted on 2015-02-12
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a
remarkably talented individual, Malcolm Butler, who is a native of
Mississippi. Butler was born into a family of five children in
Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Butler is a prime example of learning from
one's mistakes and taking advantage of being given a second chance.
Despite only playing football at the cornerback position his freshman and senior years at Vicksburg High School, Butler was able to receive a scholarship from Hinds Community College after graduating in 2009. After some setbacks in his first season, Butler was dismissed from the team midseason. However, he did not let prior mistakes define him, and as he made major adjustments in his life, he was invited to rejoin the team.
Butler went on to play at Division II University of West Alabama in 2012, where he played exceptionally both seasons. His junior [[Page E203]] year, he started in all 12 games and recorded 49 tackles and 5 interceptions; the following year he had 45 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a blocked field goal. His seasons were so remarkable that he was named All-Gulf South Conference both years.
Despite such success at West Alabama, Butler went undrafted. Fortunately, he was invited to attend a tryout for the New England Patriots to make their roster going into training camp. With odds that were not in his favor, Butler managed to be a standout player at that tryout, and he ultimately made the team.
Butler had a solid season this year on the Patriots team, playing 52 snaps on special teams and 182 on defense. Though he didn't play in the playoffs versus the Ravens and only 15 snaps against the Colts, Butler made a name for himself in this year's Super Bowl. After the Patriots struggled against Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews throughout the first half, the Patriots made adjustments and substituted Butler in the game.
New England was able to contain Matthews, and they held the lead 24- 20 with two minutes left in the game. Butler came through in two crucial plays in the home stretch. In the first, after swatting the ball into the air, Butler manages to force receiver Jermaine Kearse out of bounds after Kearse caught it. Two plays later, Butler made a game- winning interception, the first of his NFL career.
Butler's example is proof that one's mistakes do not define him. His persistence, combined with his shrewd football acumen, has cemented his role in NFL history. Malcolm Butler is yet another example of Mississippi's tradition of producing fine athletes that are also honorable human beings.