Keep on truckin’.
That’s the message New England quarterback Tom Brady is sending to Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.
Brady, who won a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado for being MVP in Sunday’s game, said Tuesday he plans to give the truck to Butler. It was Butler’s interception at the goal line that secured the Patriots’ 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“I would love to give him the truck,” Brady said on Boston sports talk radio. “I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work.”
Butler was an undrafted rookie in last year’s NFL Draft. He earned a spot on the Patriots’ roster as a backup with stellar play during practice.
His game-saving heroics was no surprise to Brady.
“He’s been doing it to me in practice all season so it was nice to see him pick someone else off,” Brady joked.
The Super Bowl MVP award was Brady’s third tying him for San Francisco’s Joe Montana for the most all-time.
Colts assistant GM tipped off NFL about deflated balls
The NFL on Tuesday admitted that Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson contacted league officials about New England using underinflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.
ESPN reported that Troy Vincent, NFL operations chief, confirmed in an interview with “60 Minutes Sports” that airs Tuesday on Showtime, that Grigson informed league officials about balls that were underinflated.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, the league had been silent about how it found out about the potential problem. The Colts and Grigson remained mum on the subject, too.
For its part, the NFL said that it still was examining the Patriots’ 45-7 victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game in which New England used underinflated balls. The league had said there was no timetable for resolving cheating accusations.
In the same interview, Vincent said the league regretted how it handled the Ray Rice assault case.
“We didn’t apply the proper discipline,” he told ESPN. “I’m not sure how much we can continue to keep talking about that particular.”
Kraft relishes fourth title
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has had the privilege of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy four times. It’s been an incredible championship run and a run of dominance since 2001. Yet, the latest title clearly holds a special place in the New England history books, at least in part due to the controversy and NFL investigation into the Patriots’ alleged use of underinflated balls in the AFC Championship Game blowout of the Colts.
“To all the Patriots fans out there wherever you are this is our fourth Super Bowl championship in the last 14 years,” Kraft said after being handed the Lombardi Trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The first one we won, I thought it was pretty special because it happened at a unique time in our country when it meant a lot. I never thought another trophy could feel as special, but this one absolutely does. And every Patriots fan understands it. I want to thank the great coaching staff, the players, because we are all Patriots and today once again the Patriots are world champions.”