How Malcolm Butler Went from 1-Play Wonder to Every-Game Starter for Patriots

September 1, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler knew what was coming. How else could he have jumped in front of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's goal-line bid for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette to make an interception that will live on in New England sports lore forever?
He had seen it in practice leading into the Super Bowl, and now, he had a chance to put it all into action to make the play. 
The same can't be said for Butler's sudden ascent to the starting lineup at cornerback. Sure, he had an opportunity to practice and play in meaningful situations that prepared him for—and introduced him to—life in the NFL. He might have had an idea that he would one day become a starting cornerback. 
But until you've had that bull's-eye on your back week after week, series after series and play after play, there's just nothing like being a professional cornerback. 
A series of departures in the Patriots secondary put the spotli...

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