Manning effect

FOXBOROUGH – While watching the NBA as a child, Darius Butler’s imagination meandered to a different place than most kids’. He didn’t want to be Michael Jordan. He wanted to beat Michael Jordan.
“You want to play against Jordan,’’ Butler said. “I definitely envisioned myself going up against the best, making some plays.’’
When Butler watched the NFL, he dreamed about defending passes from the best quarterbacks.
“It’s the same thing,’’ he said.