Last night, the New England Patriots became the Super Bowl XLIX champs. And it’s all because of undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler making his first career interception, clinching the win. Get the deets on the game (and his fine a**) inside…
Super Bowl XLIX had us all on the edge of our seats as the New England Patriots went head-to-head against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona last night.
The Patriots reigned victorious over the Seahawks with a final score of 28-24. And it all came down to a last minute interception by undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler (#21), a cornerback for the New England Patriots.
The unknown 24-year-old became this year’s Super Bowl hero after making his first career interception of his career, catching a pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the final minute of the fourth quarter. We’re not exactly sure why the Seattle Seahawks decided to throw the ball rather than run the ball (especially with having one of the top running backs in the league Marshawn Lynch), but the Patriots were uber excited that they did.
Malcolm was ecstatic over his game-winning interception saying, “I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true. I’m just blessed. I can’t explain it right now. It’s crazy.” After the game, he posed it up in the locker room (atop) holding the Lombardi trophy alongside Patriot’s owner Bob Kraft.
But before Malcolm made the game winning catch, he was burned by Seahawks baller Jermaine Kearse (#15) after Jermaine caught an incredible catch against Malcolm.
As the Seahawks worked their way down the field, Russell Wilson threw the ball to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Malcolm tipped the ball, which sends it flying in the air, but the ball never hit the ground, resulting in Jermaine catching it. It appeared the game would soon be over if the Seahawks could get the touchdown. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Malcolm picked off their supposed game winning throw, which sealed the deal for the Patriots.
It’s interesting to note, Malcolm didn’t enter the league like most NFL ballers. He is an undrafted rookie who went from serving chicken at a fast food restaurant to becoming the Super Bowl winning champ.
After only playing two seasons of high school football, Malcolm started his college career at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi. During his freshman season (2009), he was kicked out of school and ended up working a part-time gig at Popeyes. In 2011, he was invited back to Hinds and played football his sophomore season. The rookie ended up finishing his college career at the Gulf South Conference’s West Alabama in Livingston. Fast forward to last May, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots. What a story!
Check out Malcolm in action below:
This morning, Malcolm appeared on “Good Morning America” for an interview with Robin Roberts about his amazing interception. Check it below:
Post by Good Morning America.
Congrats to the New England Patriots on their big win!
Photos: Getty/Patriots’ Twitter