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Community college players inspired by Butler's 'super' interception

Bulldogs stadium in Perkinston. (Photo source: WLOX) Bulldogs stadium in Perkinston. (Photo source: WLOX)
Hall of Fame in George Sekul Hall. (Photo source: WLOX) Hall of Fame in George Sekul Hall. (Photo source: WLOX)
PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) -

The play that many would say won Super Bowl 49 for the New England Patriots was made by rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler. Butler happens to be from Mississippi, and is a former community college athlete.

Sunday's big play by Butler has everyone buzzing, and local community college football players say it gives them hope.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Head Coach Chad Huff runs a tight ship with the MGCCC Bulldogs football team. But the successful program also has a standard to uphold with nine consecutive top 10 finishes, a national championship title, and 10 former players currently active in the NFL.

"We tell the guys all the time you either don't believe you can get there or you never wanted to get there to begin with. Because if you believe and you want to do it, you got a chance to make it," said Coach Huff.

Former MGCCC athlete and Vancleave native Kevin White also took the field in Super Bowl 49, but it was his teammate Malcolm Butler who stole the show.

"Having Malcolm make that play, it shows everybody around that Juco in Mississippi is the real deal, and it will get you noticed," said Tyler Allen who is a quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Roderick Sims, who plays outside linebacker for the Bulldogs, agrees.

"With him making that big play last night showed everyone that he didn't want to quit. That he wanted to finish the game, and feel like he gave it his all and left it all on the field," said Sims.

For many of the players, walking through the halls of the George Sekul Fieldhouse, seeing all the former bulldogs who have gone on to play for major college football programs and even the NFL, is a constant reminder that anything is possible.

"Maybe one day I can be that guy that can be a picture up there, and he could be saying the story about me," said Tevaris McCormick.

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