Former Hinds Community College gridiron standouts Charvarius Ward and Malcolm Butler faced off against each other in the National Football League’s (NFL) American Football Conference (AFC) Championship this past Sunday in Kansas City.
Ward is in his second season in the NFL and is currently the starting cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs. This season Ward has tallied 72 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and 10 passes defended.
Ward played two seasons at cornerback for Hinds (2014 & 2015) where he accumulated 64 tackles and four interceptions before transferring to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). While at MTSU, in two seasons Ward played in 25 games and tallied 74 tackles and 19 pass break ups.
Malcolm Butler, a two-time Super Bowl champion, is in his sixth season in the NFL and is currently a defensive back for the Tennessee Titans. This season, Butler has played in nine games and collected 32 tackles, two interceptions, one touchdown, and nine passes defended. Unfortunately, he is currently on the injured reserve after breaking his wrist in week nine.
Butler played football at Hinds Community College in 2009 and in 2011. He is best known for his interception in the end zone that sealed the New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 season.
Ward and his Kansas City Chiefs took home the victory and a spot in the Super Bowl with a commanding win led by the Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes.