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7 reasons why Malcolm Butler had the best February ever
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Malcolm Butler kicked off the month of February by becoming the hero of Super Bowl XLIX. Since then, the spotlight has been shining brightly on the Patriots rookie, who has traveled around the country, from star-studded events in Hollywood to humble celebrations in his hometown. As he turns 25 today – happy birthday, Malcolm! – let's take a look back at some of the things (other than his famous interception) that made last month an extra special one for the cornerback.
1. He spent time with some of Boston's strongest kids
Just a few days after the Super Bowl, Malcolm decided to pay a visit to Boston Children's Hospital. He was all smiles as he posed for photos, signed autographs and spent time being interviewed by inspiring young patients at the hospital's Seacrest Studio.
2. He got to go to Disneyland
Malcolm and teammate Julian Edelman traveled to Disneyland hours after lifting the Lombardi Trophy. It was a first for Mississippi native Malcolm, who not only got to check out the iconic attractions at the theme park but was also celebrated in a festive parade. Read
3. He played pranks on people
Malcolm Butler went from being a little-known player to a household name overnight, but could people really recognize the Super Bowl champion? The NFL sent him into the streets disguised as a reporter to find out, and the responses were pretty funny.
4. Tom Brady gave him a brand new truck
The Patriots quarterback was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX, but he was quick to recognize Malcolm's great contribution to the game. Once back in New England, Tom arranged for the new Chevy truck he earned as MVP to go straight to Malcolm.
5. He appeared on stage at the Grammys
Malcolm got to rub shoulders with the biggest names in music when he attended and presented at the Grammy Awards on February 8.
6. Boston really showed him the love
While JE11 and Gronk may have kept fans entertained during the Patriots championship parade, many in the 750,000-strong crowd turned up with posters praising Malcolm for his amazing play. "The Butler did it" was one of the most popular taglines of the day.
7. He became a hometown hero
It took a few weeks for Malcolm to make it back home to Vicksburg, Miss., but when he finally did, he was welcomed back with lots of fanfare. Vicksburg declared a whole week in honor of Malcolm, who was toasted by thousands in a special parade and later given the key to the city.
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