Tuesday 20 February 2018

Butler's rags to riches tale helps NFL forget bad news

Journey from fast food job to Super Bowl hero ideal antidote to abuse, drugs and concussion scandals

Unheralded New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass to effectively clinch the Super Bowl
Unheralded New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass to effectively clinch the Super Bowl

Michael McCarthy

It's been an emotional ride with the New England Patriots this season, but somehow they managed to win the Super Bowl in the most bizarre ending to a game you'll ever see.

Emerging from a short sleep the next morning, it was hard not to believe it was all a dream. Vague memories of Katy Perry on a mechanical lion and dancing sharks didn't exactly reinforce the reality of the situation.

Though the whole game was riveting, Super Bowl XLIX will be defined by two late plays.

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