The truck originally was presented to the New England Patriots quarterback for winning Super Bowl XLIX MVP honors, but Brady passed it down to the rookie cornerback, who made the game-winning interception. It’s not like Brady needs a new midsize pickup truck, anyway.
“We had a meeting, and (Brady) was just like, ‘Congratulations on the big play, and you can get the keys to that truck,’ ” Butler recalled. “And I was just like, ‘Thank you.’
“Tom’s a great guy for doing that. I couldn’t have done all of it without my teammates. I’m just thankful for having the truck.”
Butler accepted the keys to his brand-new red pickup at Clay Chevrolet.
Butler’s had a busy week since becoming an overnight celebrity. He went to Disneyland with Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman on Monday, joined his teammates in their victory parade around Boston on Wednesday and presented Sunday night at the Grammys. He has one more parade to take part in before he finally can relax.
“I’ve got a parade back at home that my hometown’s having for me, but after that, just spend time with the family and get back to work training,” Butler said about his offseason plans.
Butler has traveled across the country and back, but he said the most fun he’s had since winning the Super Bowl was celebrating with his teammates after the game.
The shy rookie from Vicksburg, Miss., said his life has changed a lot since he picked off Russell Wilson’s pass at the 1-yard line, and he’s just trying to get through all the hoopla.
“It’s something new, and I’m not really with all of the attention, but I just gotta do what I gotta do and just enjoy it,” Butler said.
Butler came to the Patriots on a tryout basis, then latched on as an undrafted free agent last offseason, but he won’t let what might be the greatest play in Super Bowl history define his career.
“I don’t want just one play to describe me as a player,” Butler said. “I got more to prove. Just stay humble about it. I gotta get back to work soon. I gotta get ready for the season, so I don’t have much time to play.
Thumbnail photo via Doug Kyed/NESN.com
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