Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing four touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots past the Seattle Seahawks. Brady wanted to reward teammate Malcolm Butler by giving him the truck he won with the MVP trophy, and Brady got his wish on Tuesday, as Chevy presented the vehicle to the young cornerback.
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Butler Poses with New Truck
Tuesday, Feb. 10
The Patriots made it official on Tuesday as they snapped a photo of cornerback Malcolm Butler with his new Chevy truck, gifted by Tom Brady:
On Feb. 6, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported Chevy would present the truck, allowing Brady to avoid the gift tax.
Tom Brady Wishes to Give Chevy Truck to Malcolm Butler
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Jerry Spar of WEEI passed along comments the longtime Patriots quarterback made during an appearance on the station's Dennis & Callahan program. Brady said the fact Butler came up in the clutch didn't come as a surprise to those in the locker room.
"A guy like Malcolm who makes that type of instinctive, quick play, that's one of his strong suits," Brady said. "I don't think it surprised any of us players, because that's really what his skill set is. A lot of people didn't get to see that over the course of the season."
Brady was then asked whether that meant he would give the truck—a 2015 Chevy Colorado—to Butler. He replied it's something he'll try to work out.
"I would love to give him the truck," Brady said. "I would love to do that. I'm going to figure out how to make that work."
Bomani Jones of ESPN weighed in on Brady's gesture to his teammate:
El Flaco @bomani_jones
more like re-gifts RT @Eric_Edholm: Tom Brady gifts his Super Bowl MVP truck to Malcolm Butler http://t.co/0Sh1CPTyZB2015-2-3 15:50:49
Of course, the play that transformed Butler from a virtual unknown outside of Boston into a household name is one that will be discussed all offseason. The Seahawks decided to throw from the 1-yard line on second down with 26 seconds remaining. Butler jumped the route, intercepted the pass and saved the game for New England.
Butler could have won MVP for that play alone. If he hadn't secured that turnover, there's a good chance Ricardo Lockette would have made the catch or the Seahawks would have scored on one of the next two downs. But without Brady leading the comeback earlier in the fourth quarter, there wouldn't have been a chance for Butler to save the day.