James Butler (American Football)
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James Butler American Football

James Butler
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Butler in 2010.
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Personal information
Born: (1982-09-07) September 7, 1982 (age 38)
Climax, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College:Georgia Tech
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics

James Oscar Butler, Jr. (born September 7, 1982) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Georgia Tech. Butler earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Early years

Butler was a four-year letterman at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge, Georgia, where he was the state champion in the triple jump as a sophomore. He was Class 5A honorable mention All-State selection as well as First-team All-Region and All-South Georgia. He had 69 tackles and two interceptions as a senior, following 54 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.

College career

Butler was an American football free safety at Georgia Tech from 2001 to 2004. He was undrafted despite his highly decorated collegiate career. While at Georgia Tech, he majored in Building Construction. Butler, in four years, totaled 204 tackles, seven interceptions, ten pass breakups, four forced fumbles and blocked two field goals in his final two years as a starter at Georgia Tech, recorded 240 tackles in his career with the Yellow Jackets, was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back as a senior in 2004, when he was named First-team All-ACC for the second straight season, was second on the team with 85 tackles along with two interceptions, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal, was also named to the ACC All-Academic team for the second straight year. The most notable performance of Butler's career was in 2004 when Georgia Tech's defense held Maryland to only 81 yards of total offense.

Butler was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame on October 11, 2014.[1]

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-1 7/8 * 213 lb * 4.51 * 1.63 * 2.68 * 4.01 * 6.72 ** 44 in. ** 10'08" ** 16 * 18 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Georgia Tech Pro Day)

New York Giants

Butler saw action in 16 games during his rookie season in which he accumulated one start, plus the NFC Wild Card Game, tied for second on the team with 21 special teams tackles (19 solo). He recorded 18 tackles (14 solo), two interceptions, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery in play in dime packages. In 2006, Butler played in 14 regular season games with most of his action coming on special teams but he did see action in dime packages on defense and finished the season with 11 tackles (9 solo), 4 passes defensed and 12 special teams tackles. In Butler's third season (2007), the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Butler led the Giants with ten total tackles in the game. In all Butler played in 13 regular season games with 12 starts and started all 4 postseason games at strong safety and finished with 69 tackles (38 solo), 1 interception, 6 passes defensed, and 1 fumble recovery. Butler, played in 15 games with a career-high 14 starts in 2008 and he had 76 tackles (45 solo) and three interceptions and six passes defensed.

St. Louis Rams

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Butler agreed to terms on a four-year $14 million contract, which could be worth almost $17 million if all incentives are met, with the St. Louis Rams on March 9.[2] Butler who was good all-around safety for the Giants was particularly noted for his run support, "Butler is far stronger against the run than the pass and will be used as an "in the box" safety" for the Rams.[3] The move reunited him with former Giants defensive coordinator and now former head coach of the Rams, Steve Spagnuolo.

Personal life

He currently resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife and children.

After the end of his NFL career, he finished the needed course requirements to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Building Construction from Georgia Tech on May 2, 2015.

Butler was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of health care fraud by the United States Department of Justice on December 12, 2019.[4] He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges,[5] but changed his plea to guilty by July 2020.[6]


  1. ^ Winkeljohn, Matt. "Hall of Fame Profile: James Butler". Georgia Tech Athletic Association.
  2. ^ St. Louis Rams get James Butler at safety St. Louis Post-Dispatch March 10, 2009 Archived March 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ESPN.com
  4. ^ "Ten Former NFL Players Charged in Alleged Nationwide Fraud on Health Care Benefit Program for Retired NFL Players". www.justice.gov. December 12, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Estep, Bill (January 27, 2020). "More former NFL players pleading guilty in health fraud case in Kentucky". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Six Former NFL Players Charged in Superseding Indictment Alleging Nationwide Fraud on Health Care Benefit Program for Retired NFL Players". Justice.gov. July 24, 2020. Retrieved 2021.

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