Malcolm Butler went from earning minimum wage in a chicken shop to Super Bowl hero for New England Patriots

Forward of the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a number of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.

Right here the main target is on Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who turned a hero in a single day at Super Bowl forty nine towards the Seattle Seahawks.


 Butler has been a key part of the Patriots dynasty that appears to be heading for a third Super Bowl

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Butler has been a key a part of the Patriots dynasty that seems to be heading for a third Super Bowl
 Butler is congratulated by his team-mates after his interception in Super Bowl 49

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Butler is congratulated by his workforce-mates after his interception in Super Bowl forty nine

“That yr, I didn’t know what was happening," Butler stated. "Every thing was going quick. I used to be simply a rookie, and I didn’t know what to anticipate.

"[Last season was] the exact opposite. I’ve a position in the sport. I’m anticipated to play.

"Individuals sort of have an concept of who I’m, and I will probably be in a position to put together higher as a result of I do know what’s coming."

However there was a small city by the identify of Vicksburg in Mississippi the place everybody knew precisely who Butler was.

 Butler celebrates his heroics and new found celebrity status in Las Vegas after the 2015 win

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Butler celebrates his heroics and new discovered movie star standing in Las Vegas after the 2015 win
 The cornerback became a household name in New England overnight

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The cornerback turned a family identify in New England in a single day

It was in this city of 23,000 individuals the place Butler was raised in a modest family, and the place he as soon as served fried chicken to locals for $7.25 (£5.forty five) an hour.

Raised by a single mum alongside together with his 4 siblings, Butler started working at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen whereas in faculty to assist make ends meet.

His grades weren’t one of the best, although, and he didn’t qualify to attend one of many greater American soccer schools in the nation.

Butler attended Hinds Group School, however was dismissed for off-subject causes after simply 5 video games and went again to working at Popeyes in Vicksburg.

 Where it all began for Butler - Popeyes chicken shop in Vicksburg where he earned $7.25 an hour

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The place all of it started for Butler – Popeyes chicken shop in Vicksburg the place he earned $7.25 an hour

Philadelphia Eagles supporter flattened by pole as followers rejoice reaching Super Bowl

Hinds gave Butler one other probability the next yr and this time he capitalised.

His play earned him a transfer to the College of West Alabama and a season of Division Two soccer, the place he did sufficient in his two seasons there to catch the attention of groups in the large league.

Butler earned the rookie minimum of $420,000 (£315,000) in his first season with the Patriots however final summer time signed a one-yr deal value simply shy of $4million (£3m).

He can be a free agent once more this summer time and can discover a variety of suitors prepared to supply him huge cash.

Butler's rise has been phenomenal given the adversity he had to overcome to attain the highest of the tree.

“It was an superior journey," Butler mirrored. "I’m most undoubtedly recognized for that play – making one of many biggest performs in Super Bowl historical past. It helped my profession.

“I had to work onerous to get to this level, and I simply proceed working and pay attention to my staff-mates. I’ve taken recommendation from my coaches, constructed off momentum – working towards arduous each day and watching movie. I’ve been doing all these issues to be the No1 cornerback on anyone’s group. It takes a lot of exhausting work and dedication.”

 Butler was given a hero's reception when he returned to Vicksburg after his Super Bowl exploits

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Butler was given a hero's reception when he returned to Vicksburg after his Super Bowl exploits

Butler returned to Vicksburg after his Super Bowl exploits the place he was given a hero’s welcome.

February 21, 2015 was formally Malcolm Butler Day in the town as everybody got here out to rejoice their hometown hero.

A lot of the speak was about quarterback Tom Brady profitable his elusive fourth Super Bowl ring.

However Brady knew the half that Butler performed in delivering that for him.

After being named Super Bowl MVP, Brady gave his Chevrolet truck prize to Butler.

“He (Butler) has been choosing me off all season in follow,” Brady stated after the Super Bowl win.

“So it was good to see him do it to another person.”

Forward of the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a number of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.