Malcolm Butler has had a busy couple weeks. He caught the interception that sealed the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory, Tom Brady gave him the truck he won with his MVP award and naturally, he went to Disneyland.

But there was a chance Butler would never even be in a position to make the play at the end of the game. Rewind to last offseason, when the cornerback went undrafted out of West Alabama.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joins Mike Krzyzewski this Thursday on Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, and the four-time Super Bowl winning coach talked about the incorrect scouting information on Butler.

“Somehow his times and athleticism got lost in the shuffle and (we thought) that he was a slower corner and was just an okay athlete,” Belichick told Coach K.

After the draft, we signed a lot of free agents and we had really no spots on our roster and we invited about 20 players who weren’t drafted in for a weekend workout and he was one of those players. We just thought Malcolm would be able to be competitive based on his athleticism, ball skills and how quickly he picked things up in the couple days he was with us. He came in and played well in spring, carried that over into training camp. He was on and off the roster throughout the year … but he kept competing, kept getting better.

Belichick says the trip Butler made “from West Alabama to Arizona for the Super Bowl was a long way” and calls the path a “dream story”.

Hear the full interview with Bill Belichick and Mike Krzyzewski this Thursday at 6 pm ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Channel 91 and the SiriusXM App.

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