Donald Butler

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Donald Butler
Donald Butler 2011.jpg
Butler in 2011 during a game against the New York Jets.
No. 56 San Diego Chargers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Fair Oaks (CA) Del Campo
College: Washington
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 330
Sacks: 6.5
Pass deflections: 12
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 4
Stats at

Donald Aubrey Butler (born October 17, 1988) is an American football linebacker who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Washington. He was considered one of the top linebacker prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft,[1] and was selected with the 79th overall pick by the San Diego Chargers.

Early years[edit]

Donald Butler attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California. On March 3, 2005, Butler committed to the University of Washington.

College career[edit]

In four years at Washington, Butler had 239 tackles (159 solo), 26.5 TFLs (for 78 yards), three sacks (for 35 yards), five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions (for 15 yards), and seven pass deflections. At the NFL Combine, he had 35 reps benching 225. At his Pro Day, he had a 4.61 40, a 35.5 vertical, a 121.0 broad jump, a 4.28 shuttle, and a 6.93 three cone drill.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

2010 season[edit]

In the 2010 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers traded up 12 spots to select the Butler in the third round.[2]

Butler suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of his rookie season as he tore his left Achilles tendon during a pass rush drill. He was placed on the injured reserve list on August 31. The linebacker spent all of the 2010 season rehabilitating.[3]

2011 season[edit]

However, in the 2011 season, his first in the NFL, Butler had his breakout season as he became an immediate starter on the Chargers' defense. Butler had 96 tackles playing in all 16 games, including 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception, playing alongside veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes.

2012 season[edit]

In 2012, Butler was already a well-known and vocal team leader for the Chargers. Playing in only 12 games, he managed to make 77 tackles, 3 of which were sacks. He had a stellar game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 30, where he caught a tipped off ball and returned the interception for a 21-yard touchdown. Butler was named AFC Defensive Player that week.

2013 season[edit]

Butler again was known as a team leader, being elected a team captain in his fourth year. Butler played 13 games, missing 3 with a groin injury, managing to make 84 tackles, half a sack, 1 interception, and a fumble recovery. In the wild card round vs the Cincinnati Bengals, Butler stripped running back Giovani Bernard from behind, which was ruled a fumble and recovered by the Chargers.

2014 season[edit]

Butler was an impending free agent for the 2014 NFL season, but on February 28, 2014, he announced on Twitter that he would be staying with the Chargers on a multi-year deal.[4] He was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow on December 15, 2014.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Butler studied business and construction management at the University of Washington. His mom, Janet Rice, has worked for the Oakland (Calif.) Housing Authority for a number of years. Her career path is what spurred an interest for Donald in the business side of construction and real estate development. For two years while he was in college, he interned with the Walsh Construction Co. in Tacoma, Wash.


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