NASHVILLE – Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler is stepping up to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Nashville, Butler is making a donation to Meharry Medical College to purchase supplies for healthcare workers and first responders, and to provide them meals. His donation will also purchase test kits so Nashville citizens can get tested. The meals will be provided by Kingdom Cafe.
In his hometown of Vicksburg, Miss., Butler will work with the mayor and the United Way of West Central Mississippi to feed 600 seniors who are unable to leave their homes, and shop for themselves.
"I feel like it is very important, and each individual has a role in this situation," Butler said on Thursday. "Just like Miss Amy (Adams Strunk), Jon Robinson, and Mike Vrabel, we all have a job to do. So I think it's a good idea for me to do my role. All the health care workers out there, first responders, they are putting themselves on the line for all of us.
"We are on the sideline now, and they are in the game. So, we should be there to support those people and do everything we can. Every hand helps."
Titans Online looks back at cornerback Malcolm Butler's 2019 season. (Photos: Donald Page)
Butler made his plans public on the same day the Gulf South Conference announced he's being inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at West Alabama, where he earned back-to-back first team All-GSC honors and All-American status.
"Our response to COVID-19 is directly in line with our mission at Meharry—to worship God through service to mankind," said Meharry President and CEO and infectious disease expert Dr. James E. K. Hildreth Sr. "We are appreciative of Mr. Butler's generosity in supporting our response efforts to this growing public health crisis. All members of our community have been impacted by the rise of COVID-19, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide care to those in need."
Butler played his first four NFL seasons with the Patriots before joining the Titans prior to the 2018 season.
Butler, whose mom was a nurse for 20 years, said he wants to support communities that have supported him. Butler said he also had college classmates at West Alabama who were in nursing, so he has a heart for those in health care.
Butler's donation will provide funds for test kits, masks, gowns, face shields, gloves and meals.
He's encouraging others in the two communities to join him.
"It is kind of scary what is happening now," Butler said. "I just took it upon myself to try and contribute the best way that I can and I feel like it is my responsibility to do that in my hometown, and wherever I play football at. I want to support the two states that support me."