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Malcolm Butler, Chris Matthews are the high point for the KSWOF player

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Malcom Butler and Chris Matthews made huge plays for their teams in Super Bowl 49. It's safe to say they represent the most optimistic outcome for a KSWOF type of player.

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Tom Brady took home the MVP award in Super Bowl 49, and Marshawn Lynch put together a strong game, but this game featured two under-the-radar players serving key roles. New England Patriots safety Malcolm Butler made the game-clinching interception, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews finished with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown after entering the game with zero career receptions.

As would be expected, both players have interesting stories about getting to the NFL. Butler spent his playing days in community college and Division II, while also working part time at Popeye's. He did not sign with anybody as an undrafted free agent this past year. Instead, he was invited to rookie minicamp for a tryout. He did well enough to earn a spot on the 90-man roster heading into training camp, and did enough to earn a 53-man roster spot for the season.

Matthews was out of football, working at Foot Locker and as a security guard when he got a call for a tryout with the Seahawks. He apparently wasn't sure if he could get out in time from work, at which point his agent made sure he got out there. The whole thing sort of reminds me of Lou Brown and white walls.

I bring all this up for a simple reason. Every year we have players who we become attached to in the offseason and into training camp. We've had the running KORY SHEETS WAS OUR FUTURE joke, knowing that the guys we are rooting for are unlikely to make an impact in the regular season. But it is guys like Butler and Matthews that are the reason we continue rooting for tryout candidates, undrafted free agents, and late round picks.

The 2015 NFL Draft is a little under three months away. That will immediately be followed by undrafted free agent signings. We'll then move on to rookie minicamp, when the tryout candidates arrive. It's safe to say we'll have a few such KSWOF candidates when training camp arrives.