VICKSBURG — New England Patriots defensive back and hero of Super XLIX Malcolm Butler will be honored with a parade in Vicksburg Saturday. The parade and ceremony will start at 2:30 p.m.
Butler, a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High, received the national spotlight when he intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to secure a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Vicksburg mayor George Flaggs Jr. will present Butler with the key to the city at the Vicksburg Convention at 4 p.m. Butler will be signing autographs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the convention center.
“We’re very thankful that the young man involved in the Super Bowl was from Vicksburg,” Flaggs said.
Flaggs told the Vicksburg Post that after the game he received multiple phone calls, texts and emails about doing something to honor the hometown hero, who only a few years ago was working the drive-thru at a local Popeyes restaurant.
Former Mississippi NFL players Glen Collins, Jimmie Smith, Chris Burkett, Tyrone Keys, and Fred Smoot will be in attendance. Alcorn State University’s Sounds of Dynamite and Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South marching bands will perform in the parade.
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