Patriots cornerback Darius Butler, appearing on "ESPN First Take" Tuesday morning, said the night before his first NFL start (Oct. 18 against Tennessee) he joked with former University of Connecticut teammate Jasper Howard about who would be the first to get an interception.
"The last conversation we had was the night before that game," Butler said. "He hadn’t recorded an interception yet this year and I was teasing him about that, and he was teasing me about not having one also. We were going back and forth about who was going to have the first one."
Hours after that conversation, Howard was stabbed to death in an early-morning fight on the UConn campus. Butler, who learned of Howard’s death the following morning via various text messages, played against the Titans that afternoon and got that first interception, picking off Kerry Collins in the second quarter of New England’s 59-0 rout.
"It was a great moment," Butler said. "That was pretty much for him."
Here's the Butler interview, including more on Howard and his take on the Patriots' upcoming game with the Saints.