On Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team to victory in a tight, exciting, and controversial 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX. For his brilliant efforts, the 37-year-old superstar won the Super Bowl MVP award, and that was topped off with another special prize – a new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
The Colorado’s history as a prize for sporting MVPs has been a bit, how shall you say it, comedic as of late. Chevrolet has a long tradition of awarding new vehicles to World Series MVPs, and when the San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner won the award last year, Chevy regional manager Rikk Wilde made his now-infamous gaffe, stammering his way in a speech that had him talking about the Colorado’s “class-winning… and -leading…um, you know, technology and stuff.” But there was none of that for the four-time Super Bowl champ Brady as he was given the keys to the Colorado in the Super Bowl MVP awarding ceremony.
However, Brady didn’t get to keep the 2015 Colorado he was awarded. According to the Boston Business Journal, the quarterback gave the truck to rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, who earned his place in Super Bowl lore by intercepting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s baffling pass on the Pats’ one-yard line. Yes, that was a questionable play alright, but Butler does deserve credit for stepping up in the clutch and preventing what could have been a second straight Super Bowl win for the Seahawks.