KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Malcolm Butler is the hero who nobody outside of family, a tight circle of friends and New England Patriots fans was familiar with at this time last week. That changed with his interception that preserved the Patriots' win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
So I started thinking about who has the best chance to be that rags-to-riches player for the Kansas City Chiefs when they're in the Super Bowl next year (just indulge me here, please).
The first two players I thought of were teammates of Butler's at West Alabama (and admit it, you'd never heard of West Alabama until Butler came along). Those two, defensive back Otha Foster III and linebacker Ridge Wilson, have gone to camp with the Chiefs in recent years and Wilson spent time on their practice squad.
Neither remains with the Chiefs, so scratch them from the list. Butler was an undrafted rookie last season and the Chiefs don't have any of those players yet, so we'll have to go with someone who's already under contract.
I'm looking for players who were in for less than 25 percent of the Chiefs' offensive or defensive snaps last season, as Butler was for the Patriots.
I'm going to bypass obvious candidates like Dee Ford and DeAnthony Thomas. They didn't play a lot on defense or offense, respectively, last season, but the Chiefs have high hopes and expectations for those guys.
I'll settle on tight end Demetrius Harris. On the surface, Harris would be an unlikely hero. He was in for just 59 plays last season, all in the first half of the year. He broke his foot in pregame warmups in November in Buffalo and was done for the year. Harris was a basketball player in college at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and transitioned to football only after being signed two years ago by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.
Though he wasn't in their lineup a lot and didn't have great personal stats (Harris had just three catches for 20 yards before his injury) the Chiefs were good offensively when he played along with their other tight ends, Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano.
Quarterback Alex Smith was 22 of 25 (88 percent) and averaged 8.6 yards per attempt with those three tight ends in the lineup. He completed 65 percent of his passes and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt in all his passes last year.
Harris is also big (6-7) and capable of catching the fade pass, something the Seahawks should have tried if they absolutely had to throw the ball in the final seconds. Credit to Butler for making the interception on the slant, but Harris would win that battle every time when he's covered by Butler if it's a jump-ball type of situation.
So when Harris catches the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds of next year's Super Bowl, remember this post and give me some props.