By Andy Patton
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is no stranger to Super Bowl heroics, as Seattle Seahawks fans can attest to. But the hero of Super Bowl XLIX was in an unfamiliar place on Sunday: the sidelines.
After leading the Patriots in defensive snaps during the regular season and the playoffs, Butler did not find himself starting for the Patriots in the biggest game of the year. In fact, he only played one snap, as a member of the punt return team.
“They gave up on me. [Expletive]. It is what it is,” Butler said after the game. “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.”
While Butler may feel the team gave up on him, quotes from coach Bill Belichick paint a different picture.
“We put the players out there and the game plan out there that we thought would be the best tonight like we always do,” Belichick said.
“There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it...