New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler became the unlikely hero of Super Bowl XLIX with his game-sealing interception of Seattle QB Russell Wilson late in the fourth quarter. The undrafted rookie instantly gained national recognition in front of the largest viewing audience in television history. Butler is also a testament to the inexact science of the scouting process, where players come in all shapes and sizes, different levels of competition and, in rare cases, even a different sport.
Where did he come from and how did he get here? Let's take a look at Butler's unlikely path to stardom.
Butler was a non-qualifier out of high school and was forced to start his career at Hinds Community College, where he was dismissed from the team after five games during his freshman season for off-the-field issues in 2011. He eventually was granted a second chance to come back to the team for his sophomore season and capitalized. Still academically ineligible for Division I after the 2012 season, Butler ended up transferring to West Alabama, a Division II program for his final two seasons. During his time at West Alabama,