Malcolm Butler played the role of Super Bowl hero after making a spectacular goal line interception to preserve the New England Patriots’ 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Butler, a Mississippi native, beat out Quince Orchard product and former All-Sentinel standout Travis Hawkins during New England’s preseason training camp to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
After the two undrafted rookie free agent cornerbacks battled against each other in training camp last summer, good sportsmanship is coming out on top.
Hawkins, who last month signed with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, unleashed a few tweets during the game on Sunday showing support for Butler.
“Put Malcolm Butler in the game,” Hawkins tweeted.
“They must have seen my tweet,” Hawkins tweeted later. “Let’s go Malcolm keep workin out there Bruh.”
“Malcolm Butler! Did I speak my boy up or what?” he tweeted later.
“Malc should get MVP,” Hawkins tweeted after Butler’s game-clinching interception that helped New England earn the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title.
During his high school career at Quince Orchard, Hawkins was a three-year starter who played multiple positions on the field. As a junior, he registered 42 tackles on defense and compiled more than 1,100 yards of total offense while helping to lead the Cougars to the 2007 Maryland 4A state championship.
During the NFL postseason, Hawkins, who finished his college career at Delaware after transferring from Maryland, flew to Seattle to support Marcus Burley, a former Delaware roommate who plays cornerback for the Seahawks.
Although his NFL experience with New England was short-lived, Hawkins said he felt grateful to be part of a first-class organization.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I wish my stay there was longer but I feel like I will get another shot in the near future.”