Malcolm Butler has reached hero status in the eyes of many people, but perhaps none more than the residents of his hometown of Vicksburg, Miss.
On Saturday, the one-time fast-food worker returned home as the toast of the town, with an estimated 10,000 people showing up to catch a glimpse of the Super Bowl champ, according to the Vicksburg Post.
The day of festivities took place as part of a week dedicated to Malcolm in the small city. It began with a parade through downtown that included NFL alumni, local cheerleaders, high school bands and community groups. Malcolm rode with friends and family on a double-decker float created specially for him. It was adorned with a huge football and goalpost, as well as the number 21.
The parade was followed by a ceremony at the Vicksburg Convention Center, where Mayor George Flaggs Jr. presented the Patriots cornerback with the key to the city. It was the second special key Malcolm has received since winning the Super Bowl, with the first being for the truck given to him by game MVP Tom Brady.
Check out scenes from the celebration below.