Malcolm Butler announces his retirement

Malcolm Butler announces his retirement

Malcolm Butler announces his retirement

Bollywoodfever, March 10: Malcolm Butler, celebrated for his crucial interception during Super Bowl XLIX that clinched the New England Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl victory, has declared his departure from professional football.

In a statement shared by Aaron Wilson of KPRC, Butler expressed, “I am retired. I did the best I can do. Walking away from the game feeling comfortable. Everybody can do more, but I’m satisfied with my career. It’s time to move on and transition.”

Malcolm Butler announces his retirement

Butler’s journey to the NFL was unconventional. Undrafted in 2014 after playing at Hinds Community College in Mississippi and later transferring to the University of West Alabama, his professional career began with a rookie mini camp invitation from the New England Patriots.

His impressive performance earned him a three-year contract worth $1.53 million in May of that year. His rookie season saw him participating in eleven games, leading to his memorable play in Super Bowl XLIX.

In a pivotal moment against the Seattle Seahawks, with the Patriots leading 28-24 and less than 30 seconds on the clock, Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll made a controversial decision to pass the ball on the one-yard line.

Butler intercepted a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette, sealing the victory for the Patriots and marking one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.

Butler also contributed to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI victory, and despite a controversial benching by coach Bill Belichick in Super Bowl LII, which the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, Butler remarked on the situation, “I don’t know what it was. I guess I wasn’t playing good or they didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t know. But I could have changed that game.”

Post-Patriots, Butler signed a substantial five-year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, where he played for three seasons before being released.

He briefly retired in August 2021 after signing with the Arizona Cardinals but made a return to New England in March 2022.

The Patriots placed him on injured reserve and released him shortly after. Attempts at a comeback with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons did not lead to a contract, culminating in Butler’s retirement announcement.

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