Malcolm Terel Butler is an American Football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was born on the 2nd of March, 1990. Butler was previously an undrafted free agent who played collegiate football at the University of West Alabama. Butler was also on the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. Butler used to reside in Vicksburg, Mississippi where he grew up.
Butler had a very quintessential football upbringing where as a senior, he averaged five tackles per game. He was born in the suburbs of Vicksburg, Mississippi and grew up a happy kid with the company of four siblings. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2009 but despite only playing football throughout his school life he could only manage a scholarship to the Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. Undeterred, he continued with his interest in football and other activities where he also participated in track and field events.
In his freshman year at Hinds Community College, Butler recorded 22 tackles and one interception but was kicked off the team after the fifth game of the season due to various pertinent circumstances but he was invited back to Hinds in no time and as a sophomore he recorded 43 tackles, 3 interceptions and 12 broken-up passes.
Butler did transfer to Alcorn State University for a brief period but came back to Hinds Community College upon being invited and continued to score laurels for them. In 2012, Butler was enrolled in the University of West Alabama with a major in Physical Education. He played for the Division II Tigers throughout that fall with a total of twelve games.
Butler finished the 2012 season with 49 tackles, 43 solos, 5 interceptions (including three in one game against West Georgia) and averaged a team leading 29.8 yards per kick-off return. In 2013, he was named a Beyond Sports Network All American after recording 45 tackles, 2 interceptions and one blocked field goal. 2014 was a fabulous year for Butler because of numerous reasons. On the 19th of May, 2014, Butler signed with the New England Patriots after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Malcolm Butler appeared in 11 games with 1 start, recording 15 tackles and with 3 passes being defended.
He made his first tryst with being Cornerback for the team against Miami on the fateful date of December 14, finishing with 2 tackles after beginning the season as the fifth-string cornerback on the Patriots’ depth chart. A lot of things happened during the Super Bowl XLIX. During the match that would change Butler’s life forever he was matched with Jermaine Kearse who plays as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.
Two plays later, with 20 seonds remaining and the Seahawks in position to score on the Patriots’ one-yard line, Butler intercepted an attempted pass to Ricardo Lockette at the goal line, returning possession to the Patriots and maintaining their 28-24 lead. Butler said that he had guessed correctly that Wilson would throw to Lockette having read the Seahawks two receiver stack formation.
Butler, very graciously, gave credit to Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for preparing the players well for the game. That interception was the first of Butler’s NFL career. It was the only interception of a pass attempt from the one-yard line during the 2014 NFL season out of 109 such attempts.
Butler has had a significant career in the short span that he has been playing professionally with wins at the Super Bowl (XLIX, LI) and in 2015, the Pro Bowl, the Second Team All Pro in 2016, the First Team All-GSC in 2012 and 2013 and the BSN All American in 2012 and 2013 as well.
Malcolm Butler had a very modest upbringing where he was one of five children raised by a hardworking single mother. He has had romantic liaisons over the past but nothing concrete has been confirmed by the footballer to the media. Two months after winning the Super Bowl, his son Malcolm Jr was born and welcomed into the family.