Up and coming Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler made the news with two good reads this week. First, the Globe’s Chad Finn has a short piece on Butler who was named in Honorable Mention in the Globe Magazine feature on Bostonians of the Year.
“Butler, who has thrived in his second NFL season, lost his obscurity while saving the Super Bowl. But he’s been determined not to lose his identity. ‘I don’t want to fall away, don’t want to get lost off that play,’ says Butler, who endearingly fought back tears on the sideline after his interception. ‘But I know it will be something people will always want to talk about. That’s why I got emotional after it happened. It was the feeling, knowing I did something special.’” — Globe Magazine
And in a lengthy piece in the Bleacher Report, Patriots coach Bill Belichick tells veteran reporter Dan Pompei that he knew the team should sign Butler after just one practice session. Butler earned the moniker “Strap” in camp for his unremitting tight coverage of would-be pass catchers. From Pompei’s piece:
“The day before final cuts, Belichick approached Strap.
“You have a place to stay?” Belichick said.
“No sir, I don’t,” Strap said. “I’m in the team hotel, and I don’t know if I’m going to be around.”
The coach’s response: “Oh, you are going to be around.”