Victor Butler

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Victor Butler
No. 52     Arizona Cardinals
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Rialto (CA) Eisenhower
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Debuted in 2009 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 89
Sacks 11.0
Forced fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Victor Allen Butler (born July 29, 1987) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University.

Early years[edit]

Butler attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California, where he was teammates with Ryan Clady. He was a two-time all-league and all-county as a senior.

At Oregon State University he played defensive end and finished ranked second all-time in school history in sacks (25.5).[1] His rise as a player started in his junior year, when he had 10.5 sacks. As a senior, he was named team captain and posted career-highs in sacks (12, tied for school record), tackles for a loss (21.5, school-record) and tackles (65), while being named first-team All-Pac-10. He also tied a school single game sack record (4) in the Sun Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Butler was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL draft. He was converted to an outside linebacker and was the backup to Demarcus Ware.

He recorded his first two career sacks and caused a fumble against the Carolina Panthers on September 28, 2009. On November 8, 2009, he made a key play by sacking Donovan McNabb with a shoe string tackle, that stopped a critical Philadelphia Eagles drive and helped preserve a Cowboys victory.

During his time with the team he played behind Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, making it difficult to earn playing time. He was a productive pass rusher, but was not consistent defending the run.[2] The Cowboys didn't resign him at the end of the 2012 season.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 28, 2013, Butler signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[3] On June 12, 2013, Butler suffered a torn ACL during training camp, after a collision with teammate Mark Ingram. On August 27, 2013, the Saints placed Butler on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, before placing him on injured reserve on December 11.[4] The Saints released Butler on August 26, 2014.[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on September 16, 2014. [6]

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