Tom Brady “would love” to give Malcolm Butler truck that came with Super Bowl MVP

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career on Sunday night, an award that came with a big red truck as a prize.

Judging from paparazzi photos of Brady over the years, he’s not lacking for transportation options to shuttle him around in his day-to-day life so he might find another use for this new set of wheels. During an interview on the Dennis & Callahan show on WEEI Tuesday, Brady talked about the “play of our season” that cornerback Malcolm Butler made to intercept Russell Wilson late in the fourth quarter and was asked if he might reward the undrafted rookie with the keys to the truck.

“I would love to give him the truck. I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work,” Brady said.

There are procedural steps associated with gifting a car to someone, although we’d imagine that Brady has a few lawyers and accountants he can ring up to make sure that things are handled as well as Butler, who has already taken the Disney trip normally associated with the Super Bowl MVP, handled his moment in the spotlight on Sunday.

121 responses to “Tom Brady “would love” to give Malcolm Butler truck that came with Super Bowl MVP

  1. I was surprised that Butler wasn’t the MVP to be honest. Brady played well but threw 2 huge picks. The play of the game was Butler’s (not to mention the heads up tackle on the long bobble catch up the sideline).

  2. Seriously…he has to consult with his legal team to gift a freakin’ truck to someone?! I’m pretty sure the gift taxes associated with that would be like the rest of us tossing a few quarters to a homeless person. He shouldn’t have even had to be asked. Highly disappointed, and mildly disgusted with that answer, Tom!

  3. His wife makes more than the salary cap of the Patriots, it’s like me giving 5 bucks to a friend who picked me up at the bar as a thank you for saving me from a DUI

  4. Greatest of All Time arguments are hard to make and usually gets you nowhere. I like the idea of just naming the elites. If you were building a team and could choose ANY quarterback in their prime, how many choose Brady?

    Brady is definitely one of the best to play the position.. I think the amazing thing is how long Montana’s Super Bowl record has stood even though the league has changed to give the benefit to the offense. I’m sure the receivers of the 80’s and 90’s are shaking their heads.. the DB’s used to mug the receivers all the way down the field. I think both Brady & Montana are towards the top of the class. My opinion is that Montana still is the #1 but I will admit that I’m biased as a 49ers fan who grew up watching Montana. He didn’t have the great defense to bail him out and was more of a gunslinger. That being said, under today’s set of rules it is not possible to know how Montana would have done. Just like it is unfair to suggest Brady couldn’t have succeeded under the rules that Montana had to play under. The game is evolving so it is hard to talk about positions over time. The impressive stats of 4-0 in the Super Bowl and 11 touchdowns to ZERO interceptions for Montana are great stats that may never be touched. There was also none of the “conspiracies” / accusations of cheating associated with Montana that I fear will tarnish some of Tom’s legacy whether he was involved in it or not which is unfortunate.

    Great win New England, that was a heck of a game. Then again, I think that Malcolm Butler was your MVP. Brady was pouting with his head in his hands when Seattle miraculously drove down there. The hero of the game was Butler who made an incredible play. I thought for sure they’d give him the MVP, as Brady’s two interceptions were ugly.. they weren’t the tipped ball interceptions, but poorly thrown / bad read interceptions that a veteran is not supposed to make.

  5. For the rest of his life Malcolm Butler will have the RESPECT of the greatest quarterback of all time. What a cool thing for anybody but for an undrafted kid living in a apartment in Foxboro amazing. One of the greatest clutch plays I have ever seen. God his teammates must love this kid. Can you imagine what it was like in the locker room after game fro him. OUTSTANDING

  6. “Butler might want to check those tires to make sure they are inflated.”

    He’d just have one of his flunkies do it like he did with the balls.

  7. @sidepull says: Feb 3, 2015 10:18 AM

    Classy. Take note Seattle. This is how its done.

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    Yep. Tape. Deflategate. ****

  8. I love Brady but there is no way he is the MVP there was no way we were going to win that game.

    Butler gave me a moment of complete joy and at the same time ripped the hearts out of all of Seattle.

    Sweet salty tears. They taste so good.

  9. anothervoiceofreason says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:25 AM
    Seriously…he has to consult with his legal team to gift a freakin’ truck to someone?! I’m pretty sure the gift taxes associated with that would be like the rest of us tossing a few quarters to a homeless person. He shouldn’t have even had to be asked. Highly disappointed, and mildly disgusted with that answer, Tom!
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    Maybe he’s trying to figure out how to do it so it doesn’t cost Butler money or violate any contract obligations that go with the gifting. Things are not always as easy as they seem.

  10. trumb1mj says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:18 AM
    I was surprised that Butler wasn’t the MVP to be honest.

    Butler would have been a good choice just for the saving tackle and pick, and Edelman would also have worked as an MVP. But they got to go to Disney, isn’t that better? (kidding).

    And given the 4th quarter he had, it is not like Brady was a lousy choice for MVP, in spite of one awful and another sort of awful interception earlier in the game.

  11. Brady certainly deserved it. He put up 28 points on the Seahawks with pretty much no running game and no turnovers. All drives were long and all scores were touchdown passes.

    As for the truck, doubtful that Giselle wants to see that in the driveway.

  12. iman62 says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:31 AM
    Butler might want to check those tires to make sure they are inflated.
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    Just keep the truck off the colts sideline and they’ll stay inflated.

  13. When I saw that, I was thinking it was more of a consolation prize than a gift. American made truck, yuck.

  14. There are probably promotional clauses associated with the truck. If it were a simple sign over, I’m sure TFB would have no problem handing it over. Dude doesn’t need another car. He has a MOAT.

  15. Butler made a tremendous play on the ball, he was not going to let anyone prevent him from getting to it, one of the best and timeliest plays in Super Bowl history, and no I am not from NE…

  16. jrs1972 says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:37 AM
    iman62 says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:31 AM
    Butler might want to check those tires to make sure they are inflated.
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    Just keep the truck off the colts sideline and they’ll stay inflated.
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    LOL.. so now you are blaming the colts for the balls being deflated to Tom Brady’s personal liking?? ROFL!

  17. Undrafted rookie free agent from a Division II school, I’ve no doubt he has more of a need for that truck than Tom Brady.
    I’m also quite certain Brady is aware of what kind of impact Butler’s INT had on his legacy. Huge play for Butler, the Patriots, Brady and Belichick.

  18. Since they don’t do co-MVP’s I like that Brady is doing this. Brady won the game in the 4th and as much as he doesn’t need a new truck, it wouldn’t have been right to give Butler the MVP just because of the truck.

    so problem solved by Tom Brady! Brady gets the accolades and Butler gets a truck that is probably worth half a year’s salary on his rookie deal!

  19. Seattle take note, this is known as a Class act from a classy Organization. Since The first Super Bowl win was as a Team, not 53 plus individuals. Butler will be getting both prizes associated with the MVP, the Truck and a trip to Disney. He will be added to the list of New England heros, baseball have their Dave Roberts, The football club will have their own folk hero, Butler.

  20. Yes, Tom’s people will figure out how to make it happen where Tom can get a nice tax deduction donating it to his own charity and then leasing it to Butler for a dollar

  21. I honestly would have given the mvp to Edeleman because of the clutch catches and the toughness he showed. My wife and I both thought he deserved it.

  22. Malcolm Butler played a strong game. As trumb1mj pointed out above, his quick reaction after Kearse’s bobbly reception to tackle him was also a good play on top of his making a good breakup of that pass.

  23. Brady brought his team back down 10 points in the fourth quarter. No team down by 10 points or more in the second half had ever come back to win a Super Bowl.

    Brady was 13-of-15 passing for 116 yards and two TD passes on the Patriots’ final two drives to win the game against what many said was the best defense in NFL history.

    The Patriots are now 4-1 in the postseason when Brady attempts 50+ passes in a game. For a little perspective, every other QB in postseason history is 3-27. (thanks Kerry Byrne)

    Of course,Brady was the MVP.

  24. Bradys pure class….something no ammount of money can buy………..

    I guess wehave different definitions of class…chaeating and whining constantly is classy? Okay. Thanks.

  25. To this day I don’t see how people can consider Tom Brady arrogant. He has always been a class act and one of the most humble athletes in all of sports, regardless of his success.

  26. Butler had some bad plays and a tripping pass interference that was missed. MVP is more than one play, even if it’s the biggest play of the game.

  27. 93civiccpe says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:41 AM
    LOL.. so now you are blaming the colts for the balls being deflated to Tom Brady’s personal liking?? ROFL!
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    Try to keep up please, now the only ball that was two pounds under was the one that conveniently ended up on the colts sideline.

  28. Edelman should have got MVP for the Superbowl. That man was the workhorse of the night and made great plays all night. Not taking away from Butler’s play, but overall Edelman stood out as the playmaker of the team.

  29. trumb1mj says:Feb 3, 2015 10:18 AM

    I was surprised that Butler wasn’t the MVP to be honest. Brady played well but threw 2 huge picks. The play of the game was Butler’s (not to mention the heads up tackle on the long bobble catch up the sideline).

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    The MVP can’t be the guy that made 0ne play.

    Brady threw two picks, one bad one, sure, but 13-15 and 2 TDs to come back from a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter… had to go to Brady.

  30. ‘might’ being the keyword there… so don’t look for it to happen LOL

    Brady is a puke.

    He outta be kissing that dudes feat for saving his ass.

  31. anothervoiceofreason says: Feb 3, 2015 10:25 AM

    Seriously…he has to consult with his legal team to gift a freakin’ truck to someone?! I’m pretty sure the gift taxes associated with that would be like the rest of us tossing a few quarters to a homeless person. He shouldn’t have even had to be asked. Highly disappointed, and mildly disgusted with that answer, Tom!

    Tom Brady won the truck so it is 100% taxable as income just like prizes on the “Price is Right” game show. Smart move by Brady to make sure Butler doesn’t get hit with a tax bill or he isn’t audited down the road for gifting the truck to avoid paying taxes. He might be a gazillionaire but why get in trouble even when it is even less than peanuts to him, or put a tax burden on someone else.

  32. kevinb73 says:Feb 3, 2015 11:07 AM

    Edelman should have got MVP for the Superbowl. That man was the workhorse of the night and made great plays all night. Not taking away from Butler’s play, but overall Edelman stood out as the playmaker of the team.

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    The way Brady played in the 4th quarter, he was going to get it. There was no question. That said, I like the argument for Edelman too. He played at an MVP level for sure.

    If you could have an overall playoff MVP though it might be Amendola. His sudden improved play, especially slipping tackles and getting yards after the catch, was a real key in the playoff run.

  33. duffelbagsports says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:35 AM

    anothervoiceofreason says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:25 AM
    Seriously…he has to consult with his legal team to gift a freakin’ truck to someone?! I’m pretty sure the gift taxes associated with that would be like the rest of us tossing a few quarters to a homeless person. He shouldn’t have even had to be asked. Highly disappointed, and mildly disgusted with that answer, Tom!
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    Maybe he’s trying to figure out how to do it so it doesn’t cost Butler money or violate any contract obligations that go with the gifting. Things are not always as easy as they seem.
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    Agreed. There are likely clauses to it that he cannot give it or sell it away without written consent of Chevrolet, especially if it was all dolled up with MVP stuff on or in it.

    You make it sound like he’s giving away one of his old Def Leppard cds or something.

  34. tattooit says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:40 AM
    There are probably promotional clauses associated with the truck. If it were a simple sign over, I’m sure TFB would have no problem handing it over. Dude doesn’t need another car. He has a MOAT.

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    No, he doesn’t have a moat… He HAD a moat…

    They’ve already sold that mansion in Cali with the moat…

    They sold it to Dr. Dre back early last summer…

  35. @93civiccpe says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:32 AM
    Great win New England, that was a heck of a game. Then again, I think that Malcolm Butler was your MVP. Brady was pouting with his head in his hands when Seattle miraculously drove down there. The hero of the game was Butler who made an incredible play. I thought for sure they’d give him the MVP, as Brady’s two interceptions were ugly
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    Brady was the MVP because he led not 1 but 2, 4th qt. TD drives against the leagues best defense when his team was down 10 pts. Largest 4th qt deficit in SB history. Did you factor that in?

  36. It is a wonderful gesture on Brady’s part and well deserved by a rookie free agent who is probably making the league minimum.

    However, the idea that Bray is rich and “should” give away cars is a bit much.

  37. Lol I love the hater reactions. Brady wants to give the guy the truck, but he’s classless because he didn’t give it to Butler immediately or he’s trying to benefit tax-wise. Don’t you ever get tired of constantly irrationally hating someone?

    And you don’t just give someone a truck and walk away without tax consequences, consequences which would most likely fall on Butler unless Brady and his attorneys draw up paperwork to ensure that Chevy is okay with it and that any taxes would be paid for by Brady. I’m looking forward to the ridiculous comments from you haters when Brady actually gives him the truck and foots the tax dollars

  38. I’m not belittling Tom Brady but he wouldn’t drive that truck anyway . As far as giving the truck away do you really think Chevy would sue him if he did give the car away to a teammate ? Nothing would happen .

    You know his wife does own a plane ; )

  39. Butler for MVP? If Brady doesn’t lead the Patriots to two TDs in the 4th quarter, Butlers interception means nothing. Brady (or maybe Edelman) is the MVP.

  40. Note that Butler also made the play on the long throw down the sideline to Kearse when the score was 24-14. Butler got his hand in there just enough to cause Kearse to drop it. He also made sure that Kearse wasnt able to get up and score on the incredible catch at the end. If he wasnt the MVP then it was Edelman. To paraphrase Jan…”it’s always Tommy, Tommy, Tommy!”

  41. pastabelly says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:35 AM
    Brady certainly deserved it. He put up 28 points on the Seahawks with pretty much no running game and no turnovers. All drives were long and all scores were touchdown passes.

    As for the truck, doubtful that Giselle wants to see that in the driveway.
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    What game were you watching? Brady turned the ball over not once, but twice! He also only had a 6.3 yard per pass average!! It wasn’t Brady that deserved that MVP, It was his receivers and their YAC!!! If anything, Edelman (9rec, 109yds, 7rush, 1td) deserved MVP… but naa, they can’t give it to anybody else… It has to go to Brady… we wouldn’t want to steal his spotlight or anything!

    The Patriots put up a good message to the youth of the nation… Cheating is OK, as long as you win while doing it!

    Brady can deny having anything to do with the deflation of the footballs until he is blue in the face, but everybody knows in the back of their head that he ordered it to be done. Do they really think the public is that dumb? The kid wasn’t asked to take the air out of 11 of 12 balls, he just did it as a joke, for a school science experiment, because it is a hobby he took up a few years back, because he wanted to get fired on purpose, so why not deface your employers property? NO, TOM BRADY ASKED HIM TO DO IT TO GAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER THE OPPOSING TEAM!!!! Cheaters, not once, but twice!!!! **Superbowl Champions**

  42. I am sure GM would be fine with Brady structuring a transfer to Butler. The story would be more good pr for Chevrolet, the Patriots, Brady and Butler. Not to mention the NFL and we all know it needs some positive press.

    It just amazed me, a guy who has worked at a pretty high level in corporate America, that Goodell and the NFL could so badly damage their brand by going after its brightest star, its flagship team, and its most active and progressive owner over an infraction at worst. Maybe I am naive and this is ratings driven, but this fiasco is beyond even the biggest idiots I dealt with in my career. I will say, the insecurity of guys that don’t deserve the leadership they ascend to does lead to some totaling self-serving moves motivated to make the leader look strong.

  43. A real class act would be to donate the truck to a non-profit to auction off. How about a group that helps abused women or children or even a group that works with concussion patients.

  44. The MVP trophy belong to the team and their effort in the entirety and Tom Brady would be the first to tell you that. Edelman, Butler, Ninkovich, Revis, etc., all of them.

    Bullcharger, the love for Amendola was cool, too, don’t forget his handling of kickoffs and ball security. Always overlooked but soooo important.

  45. The MVP should have been Edelman. I get Tom took them down the field for 2 td drives, but so did the whole offense. All Tom did is throw 2 yard passes to his wide open RB and WR’s all game and they are the ones who made defenders miss and broke tackles, not TOM. People give the QB all the creidt, especially Tom.

  46. The truck is a Chevrolet Colorado. The man has been spotted in a custom Range Rover and a Rolls Royce Ghost. You think he wants that in his driveway wasting space? It’s a win win for him. He gets to get rid of the worst car ever awarded to a super bowl MVP while at the same time looking like a great guy.

  47. Ya know, there’s a news story of a man in Detroit that walks 21 miles (42 miles round trip) to work everyday (and has been since 2005) because he can’t afford a vehicle……..how about giving it to him.

  48. Funny thats the 1st thing I told my wife after Brady was awarded MVP that he ought to just give the red chevy truck to Butler for saving the Super Bowl win for the Patriots .

  49. As soon as Brady was given the MVP, I thought Butler should get the truck. Not surprised Tom has to talk to lawyers first. In his universe I imagine he has to consult lawyers before eating lunch. Classy move which Malcom well deserves. One of the best SB plays in history!!!

  50. I’ve watched it about 15 times and I still can’t believe Butler made that pick. Huge play at an even bigger time.

    Give the man a boat with that truck!

  51. Pretty cool to see Brady looking to make this happen. Malcolm Butler, was making $510K this year and made another $157K from their playoff run. This is something I’m sure he will appreciate. He played a hell of a super bowl. He was in coverage on the big Kearse drop too.

  52. Malcolm Butler is already a Boston legend for the rest of his life, just like Dave Roberts.

    Butler will never need to buy a drink or meal in New England for the rest of his life. Don’t think the magnitude of his interception is wasted on Patriots fans either. We know his pick gave Bill and Tom those 4th rings that now forever puts them legitimately into the greatest of all time conversations.

    I have no doubt Brady will give Butler that truck the kid deserves it and the freedom of the city of Boston. His place in New England sports lore is guaranteed.

    The pick and The steal. Two plays that I will cherish and take to my grave.

  53. Pretty cool to see Brady looking to make this happen. Malcolm Butler, was making $510K this year and made another $157K from their playoff run. This is something I’m sure he will appreciate. He played a hell of a super bowl. He was in coverage on the big Kearse drop too.

    of course. I mean, how can you afford a 20,000 dolar truck only making a total of 675,000 dollars a year?

  54. PFT, please post a headline thread telling your readers that Butler credited Belichick with coaching him how to correctly make that exact play this past week in practice when he messed up.

    What a story. A street free agent, making the league minimum, loved by the coaches for his hard work, is prepped for and executes the winning interception to end the game.

    How is that not the story instead of the blame game that Carrol has to endure.

  55. If Tom gives Butler the truck, he probably wants to make sure that long-winded moron from GM isn’t there, spewing 20 minutes of pure BS about how wonderful and revolutionary a vehicle it is. God, that was painful.

    Tom is very active in Best Buddies, and hosts a long bike ride (Boston to Hyannis) for them every year. I bet he was planning to donate the truck to Best Buddies to use in the ride. That would have been really classy.

    Course none of you haters care about that stuff.

  56. Someone explain why(in most cases)a multimillionaire needs a free vehicle for being SP MVP? All these athletes and celebrities getting freebies that they most likely don’t need and there are so many needy people who would benefit from these freebies.

  57. I think that Brady should give the truck to the Seattle Seahawks coaches Carroll and Bevell…

    Contrary to what I thought at the time of the last Seahawk play – that Brady or Belichick had called the play, the fact is that Bevell and Carroll called the play…and won the game for the Pats.

    Those two should get the truck, eh?

  58. He should give it to the guy that let the air out of the footballs!

    Have to repaint it blue and white before doing that.

  59. Could be GM may want Brady to be the one driving that truck, which could explain the need for lawyers to get involved. Haters are going to hate Brady no matter what he does because he’s so freakin’ awesome! Best QB ever, and one of the most modest, humble guys ever, which is why so many of the haters are so jealous of the guy. Ever see Brady do the kind of thing Sherman does on a continual basis? 2-4, 2-4. Oh NO! They intercepted the ball? Waaaaaa. Love that loser’s expression when that happened. Priceless. So hate Brady all you want, people. He and Pats fans have the last laugh… again… as usual!

  60. What the heck?  It’s his truck; it was given to him.
    If he wants to give it to Butler or anyone else then he should be able to do it.
    The only problem is that then it would be considered taxable income for Butler; but considering what Brady gets paid for playing a kid’s game, he wouldn’t have any trouble scraping up the extra few grand to give to the guy to cover the taxes too.

  61. Haters will hate. (doesn’t that get tiresome???!!)

    There are a ton of reasons why he needs to contact his lawyer: 1) Tom’s people need the car info to pay his own taxes, 2) probably wants to arrange to pay the poorer Butler’s tax on it. 3) Needs to be sure title is even in his name before giving it to someone else. 4) Perhaps GM wants pictures with the MVP for their advertising. …..The legalities go on and on and why make a showy gift of it for the press until he actually CAN do it legally and let him drive it away.

    “”anothervoiceofreason says:
    Feb 3, 2015 10:25 AM
    Seriously…he has to consult with his legal team to gift a freakin’ truck to someone?! I’m pretty sure the gift taxes associated with that would be like the rest of us tossing a few quarters to a homeless person. He shouldn’t have even had to be asked. Highly disappointed, and mildly disgusted with that answer, Tom!””

  62. First, Colts fan here…

    This is an absolutely classy move by Brady. It’s insignificant to him, and the kid deserved it for both plays mentioned above (the INT and the “tackle” on the falling miracle catch).

    That being said, let’s not go too overboard with either the “Saint Tom” talk or the hating. He’s not all class (the stuff that spawned “you mad, bro” shows that, plus he’s human…no one is all class, because we all screw up).

    Either way, good on TB12 for doing this for the rookie!

  63. Oh, and I do agree that flipping the keys to Butler on the podium would’ve been really cool….”good game, rook….here you go!”

  64. This is what makes Tom terrific. The greatest player of all time also has the biggest heart. Tom knows that without the interception, the Patriots were probably sunk. He is very wealthy and can afford to be generous with this gesture. Congratulations Malcolm – much deserved. Congratulations Tom – you are the role model we can all look up to.
    Being generous to others is also part of the Patriot way.

  65. I think Tom Brady shows a lot of class in giving the pickup to Butler. It’s true, of course, that the game could not have been won, had it not been for Butler intercepting the pass in the last few seconds of the game, but neither could the game have been won without the great plays of the whole Patriot team… especially the completed passes of Brady. I’m sure Malcolm Butler would agree.

  66. as a seahawks’ fan i didn’t know who butler was. after hearing his interview, I’m a big fan of his. what a down to earth nice young man.

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