|Date of birth:July 29, 1987|
|Place of birth: Los Angeles, California|
|High school: Rialto (CA) Eisenhower|
|College: Oregon State|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Dallas Cowboys|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Victor Allen Butler (born July 29, 1987) is an American football outside linebacker who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University.
At Oregon State University he played defensive end and finished ranked second all-time in school history in sacks (25.5). 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.
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. The Cowboys didn't resign him at the end of the 2012 season.
New Orleans Saints
On March 28, 2013, Butler signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. 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. The Saints released Butler on August 26, 2014.
After his release from the Cardinals, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was released on November 18, 2014, and was re-signed by the team on November 24. Butler was released again on November 26.
- "Saints sign Victor Butler for two years", ESPN.com, March 28, 2013.
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- New Orleans Saints announce roster moves
- Crabtree, Curtis. "Cardinals release linebacker Victor Butler". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- "Colts sign Butler, waive Quarles". kspr.com. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- Wilson, Aaron (November 26, 2014). "Colts claim Shaun Phillips off waivers from Titans, cut Victor Butler". nationalfootballpost.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014.