Houston (CBS Houston) – Malcolm Butler is best known for his interception in Super Bowl XLIX to secure New England’s victory over Seattle, 28-24.
Butler’s career may be defined by that one play in that one game, but the 26-year-old has proven that he isn’t a one-play wonder. Last year, in his second NFL season, he was a full time starter for the first time and was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl. He’s also gotten the attention of a lot of coaches around the NFL.
“He’s physical, he’s got really good ball skills, he plays the ball well. Instinctive player, he’s a strong football player and he’s very well coached,” is how Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien described the Patriots’ corner.
Maybe the most impressive thing about Butler is that he was passed over by every team in the league over and over. So many times in fact, that Butler went undrafted in the 2014 draft, the same year he clinched a Super Bowl win for his team.
Brock Osweiler and the Texans passing game, which ranks 23rd in the league in passing yards, will have their hands full with Butler, the rest of the secondary and the Patriots’ scheme.
“He’s played a lot of good football since two years ago. The guy has made more plays than just that one play. The Super Bowl (play) that’s just the one that sticks out to a lot of people,” DeAndre Hopkins said. “He’s a very smart football player, very talented and just got to go out there and compete with him.”