Malcolm Butler is an NFL cornerback currently playing for the Tennessee Titans. Before signing with NFL’s New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014, he played college football at the University of West Alabama, where he recorded eighteen passes with 2 interceptions as a senior to earn his first-team All-Gulf South Conference as a cornerback.
This was not the only record he has set in his career; Butler recorded one of the most amazing plays in the history of the Super Bowl at the Super Bowl XLIX. With twenty seconds to the end of the game against the Seattle Seahawks, he intercepted a pass at the goal line which prevented a go-ahead touchdown that landed the Patriots their 4th Super Bowl title, which was also their 1st in 10 years.
Butler was also on the Patriots squad that defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI. Sadly, his Super Bowl appearance ended with the Super Bowl LI; in 2018, he was surprisingly benched in his team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl LII and everyone wondered why coach Bill Belichick took that decision. Continue reading to find out the real reason behind Bill’s decision.
Who Is Malcolm Butler?
The NFL cornerback was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on the 2nd of March 1990 to Deborah Butler. Information about his father is not known but he, however, has four siblings. Butler attended Vicksburg High School, where he played football as a freshman and as a senior. His average per game as a senior was 5 tackles.
Asides football, he also participated in both track & field events like jumps and sprints. While in Vicksburg, he got a scholarship offer from Hinds Community College, Raymond, Mississippi, thus, after high school, he headed to the community college, where he began his college career. As a freshman, he recorded twenty-two tackles and one interception in five games but was sidelined from the team for undisclosed reasons.
He transferred to Alcorn State University but would later be recalled to Hinds Community College in 2011. During his second year, he recorded forty-three tackles with 3 interceptions and twelve broken-up passes. The following year (2012), moved over to the University of West Alabama. That year, he played twelve games for the Division II Tigers and started all of the games. He ended that season with a total of forty-nine tackles, forty-three solos, five interceptions and a team-leading average of 29.8 yards for each kickoff return.
In 2013, he recorded forty-five tackles, one blocked a field goal and two interceptions with an average of 27.9 yards on kickoff return, and was named a Beyond Sports Network All-American. The following season, he played both at the Medal of Honor Bowl, and at the postseason all-star game where he registered one solo tackle and an interception.
NFL Career And Why Was He Benched In Super Bowl 52?
Malcolm Butler began his NFL career in 2014 with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. During his rookie year, he played eleven games starting just one. He recorded fifteen tackles and three passes (defended), He was ranked fifth-string cornerback on the Patriots depth chart.
He began the next season, as starting cornerback and made his first regular-season interception in week two game against the Buffalo Bills. Towards the end of the season, the franchise gave him a performance-based bonus in the tone of $319,282.65 which became the highest bonus paid by the Patriot to anyone in 2015, as well as the 5th highest in the league.
Malcolm Butler was instrumental to the Patriots winning the Super Bowl XLIX. With twenty seconds remaining to the end the game between the team and the Seattle Seahawks, he intercepted a pass at the goal line which prevented a go-ahead touchdown, that amazing effort handed the team their 4th Super Bowl title and their 1st in 10 years. Butler was also part of the team that won Super Bowl LI in February 2017 against Atlanta Falcons and would be ranked among NFL’s 100 best players for the Year.
Late that year, he was demoted to #2 starting corner, after the franchise signed Stephon Gilmore to a 5-year deal, thus, he started a total of fifteen games that season and recorded sixty tackles, twelve passes, three forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.
In 2018, Coach Bill Belichick benched Malcolm during Super Bowl LII game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who won the title. Explaining the reason behind his action, Bill said his decision wasn’t a disciplinary action but just his decision as the coach. Butler would leave the Patriots for the Tennessee Titans later on in 2018 on a 5-year contract worth $61 million with $30 million as guaranteed money.
Salary And Net Worth
With his latest deal with the Tennessee Titans worth $61 million, Butler’s annual take-home salary is nothing less than $6 million. He is currently worth $9 million.