Opening Night - CB Malcom Butler

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Opening Night - CB Malcom Butler -

2016 New England Patriots


Super Bowl LI – Monday, January 30, 2017 



(on what the difference is going into Super Bowl XLIX versus this year’s Super Bowl) “That year, I did not know what was going on. Everything was going fast. I was just a rookie, and I did not know what to expect. This year, it is the complete opposite. I have a role in the game. I am expected to play. People kind of have an idea of who I am, and I will be able to prepare better because I know what is coming. I am just looking forward to Sunday.”


(on Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones) “They are great players. Matt Ryan can throw the ball all across the grass anywhere. Julio Jones, he can catch the ball, he can break tackles, and he can block. He is like a running back with the football in his hands. Both of those guys are great players.”


(on how the team can deal with the Falcons offense) “We have to deal with it. There is not any running away from it. We have to play Sunday. We have to just go out there and play good football – play physical, play smart and play for 60 minutes. We have to play good situational football and just compete. We just have to compete. They are a good team.”


(on his matchup with Falcons WR Julio Jones) “I do not know if I will be checking him or anything like that. Whatever I am told to do, I am going to go out there and do it to help my team win. It is more than one player on a team. It is more than Malcom Butler and Julio Jones. It is 10 other players out there. It is a team game, and we are ready to play team ball.”


(on his journey from an unknown player to recording an interception to win Super Bowl XLIX) “It was an awesome journey. I am most definitely known for that play – making one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. It helped my career. That is pretty much all I can say. I got us a ring, and we are just here. I am worried about this Super Bowl, and we are trying to win this as a team.”


(on the difference between not being known around the league two years ago and being widely recognized now) “I had to work hard to get to this point, and I just continue working and listen to my teammates. I have taken advice from my coaches, built off momentum - practicing hard every day and watching film. I have been doing all those things to be the No. 1 cornerback on anybody’s team. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”


(on the advice he has received from his coaches going into this game) “To play hard, focus and play smart. [They told me] to play for 60 minutes and play as a team and everything will take care of itself.”


(on his assessment of Falcons WR Julio Jones) “Like I have said before, it is more than about me and Julio Jones. It is a team game, and we are going to play team ball.”


(on Falcons WR Julio Jones being one of the elite receivers in the NFL) “Most definitely. I have a lot of respect for Julio Jones. He is a quiet guy, he is one of the best receivers in the league, and you never hear him complain about anything. You never hear much about him – he comes to work, he works hard, and is a great player. I would kind of say we are similar a little bit with our style and our appearance to the media and things like that. I respect him.”


(on the Patriots defense) “We got off to a slow start, but you do not want to peak during Week 1 or Week 5. You want to peak towards the end of the season, and we just go to work every day, work hard, and build off momentum and try to create turnovers and get the ball to the offense. We just play as a team. That it is what is all about – playing as a team. That is what we have been doing. The numbers show it.”


(on how Patriots QB Tom Brady is viewed in the team’s locker room) “That is a guy that comes to work, and if you did not know him, you would be like, ‘Wow, this guy really works hard.’ He really does work hard. He comes to work and he works hard like he has not accomplished anything. He always wants to win. He is a team leader, he is a great guy and he does all of those things great. Of course he is good on the field and off the field. I am just glad he is our leader.”



(on how the Patriots can slow down the Falcons passing attack and what makes Matt Ryan so good) “What makes Matt Ryan so good is that he has a lot of weapons around him. It is not just Julio Jones; he has other receivers. He has good running backs, and they spread the ball around to everybody. You have to play good football. You just have to go out there and play smart, physical football for 60 minutes. Whatever happens, happens.”


(on what has changed around him since Super Bowl XLVI) “It changed real fast. There was a lot of attention, and a lot of high expectations. The only thing that you can do is really live and work hard. That is basically what I have been doing.”


(on how he has maintained his edge and competitiveness after winning Super Bowl XLVI) “It is in me. It is built in me. I always want more. I always work hard. I always want to be the best, and the hard work will pay off. I have seen numerous players known for one play – they make a big play and fall off the map. I just put in my mind that I refuse to be one of those guys, which I did not have doubt of anyway. I just kept building, kept working and just ignored the noise. I just kept working, and it has turned out great.”


(on how the Patriots organization treating all players the same) “You most definitely want to come to work and do your job every day, no matter what you accomplish. Players are getting drafted every year, so you can be replaced at any time and any moment. Why wouldn’t you want to work hard? You have to work hard. That is how you survive. That is how you keep a level head. You just have to work hard to stay around. This is the NFL – ‘Not For Long’.”


(on what have been the most important factors to the Patriots playing their best football at such an important time) “Just playing as a group and playing as a team and believing in each other, working hard each and every day. You have key players on this defense and offense, but it is a team game. If everybody is working together at the same time, we can get a lot of things accomplished. We just have to keep getting better as a team. We have a couple more days to do that, and it is all going to be done on Sunday.”


(on if he remembers where he was in 2012 when he tweeted that he wanted to match up with Falcons WR Julio Jones ) “After the game, of course I knew we were going to be playing against the Falcons. I was just looking at my twitter feed and I saw that tweet and I was like, ‘Wow. Someone went all the way back.’ The next thing you know it is getting retweeted and liked. I was in college at West Alabama [when I tweeted that], and I was just a young kid in college trying to work hard and trying to achieve my dream, and it came true. That hard work paid off. I had a vision, and all you have to do is just believe in yourself and work hard. Dreams come true, just like that tweet did. To all the guys in college across the globe, if you believe in yourself, that is an example right there.”


(on if it is difficult to not feel nostalgic or want to look back at his interception in Super Bowl XLVI) “That play is going to be there forever. I will expect to be asked about it. I will expect to be known for it. It is going to be there for the rest of my life, so it is what it is.”