Tom Brady– triumphing at age 37 after a tough season– showed the seasoned strength of a true and unflappable pro. As the HuffPost noted:
“It didn’t matter how much air was in the balls, Brady was unstoppable when the pressure was strongest.”
Yet the game was won by bold young rookie Malcolm Butler and his brilliant last-minute interception. As the Boston Globe put it:
“The final addition to the Patriots’ season-long turnover bag should be bronzed and preserved in a prominent place for all eternity. That’s if the ball can ever be pried from Malcolm Butler’s heroic hands, of course.”
Such are the sudden reversals of fortune in football as in life. Dazed and grass-stained, Butler pointed to the heavens shortly after his life changed in an instant.
But with all due respect to divine intervention, this divine interception involved more than grace and luck.
Once he’d calmed down enough to explain, Malcolm Butler noted that he’d quickly deduced from the Seahawk’s formation and from the way the quarterback held his head ‘still’ that they were going to throw.
So young Butler kept his eye on the ball and side-stepped into sports history.
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