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Super Bowl 52: A look at the secondaries

Malcolm Butler (21), Patrick Chung (23)

Flip the number 52 around and you’ll get 25. Which I found interesting for the purpose of this piece, because there are a lot of similarities between this year’s Super Bowl 52 pitting the New England Patriots against Philadelphia Eagles, and Super Bowl 25, when the Buffalo Bills faced the New York Giants in 1991.

Back then, the Bills were heavily favored to beat the Giants. Buffalo had the NFL’s most prolific offense, led by quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, and receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton. (All of them are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.) The defense was solid — led by Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith — but it was Buffalo’s offense that was its biggest strength.

The Giants made it to the Super Bowl thanks primarily to its defense, headlined by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor (arguably the greatest defensive player in NFL history), Pro Bowl DE Leonard Marshall and LB Carl Banks, and cornerback Everson Walls, who is a finalist for the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Continue reading

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Butler, Golson nominated for 2015 ESPY Awards

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The 2015 ESPY Awards are coming, and there are a couple of defensive backs who could find that red-carpet, big-stage spotlight shining on them on July 15 in Los Angeles for what is now considered the Oscars for American sports.

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie backup last season whose interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIX prevented a Seattle Seahawks touchdown and preserved the Patriots’ fourth championship, is nominated for Play of the Year. That Super Bowl is nominated for Game of the Year, and the Patriots will surely be nominated for Team of the Year (although it has not been announced yet). Continue reading

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