West Alabama Alumnus Sidelined For Season
Former West Alabama football player Malcolm Butler will miss the entire 2022 NFL season after being placed on the injured reserve with a hip injury.
The 32-year-old cornerback was trying to attempt a comeback in the league with the New England Patriots after coming out of retirement earlier in the year.
The Vicksburg, Miss., native played two seasons for Tigers, making 89 total tackles (70 solo, 19 assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss for four yards, 33 passes defended, and seven touchdowns.
The two-time First-Team All-GSC received an invitation to Patriots rookie camp in 2014 and picked up his first contract shortly after. During his rookie season, Butler made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl 49 to win New England the championship.
The Pro Bowler played four seasons for the Patriots before signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2018. He spent three seasons in Nashville, Tenn., before retiring after the 2020 season.
During his career, Butler saw time in 91 games, snagging 374 total tackles (303 solo, 55 assisted), 73 passes defended, 15 interceptions for 237 yards, five forced fumbles, three sacks, and a touchdown.
Butler also trained in Northport, Ala., with Johnny Jackson, the Jackson Performance Institute founder, and has promoted Jackson's program for years, making a testimonial in 2018.
Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season.