Hakeem Butler

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Hakeem Butler
No. 89 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-16) May 16, 1996 (age 24)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Travis (TX)
College:Iowa State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Hakeem Butler (born May 16, 1996) is an American football wide receiver and tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa State University, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Butler was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1996. His mother, Sheryl, died from breast cancer when Butler was 16. He then moved to Houston, Texas, to live with his aunt and uncle, and his cousins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, former Kentucky basketball stars. Butler attended Travis High School in Fort Bend, Texas.[1] He committed to Iowa State University to play college football, choosing it over schools such as New Mexico and Houston.

College career[edit]

After redshirting his first year at Iowa State in 2015, Butler played in 11 games in 2016 and had nine receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2017, he had 41 receptions for 697 yards and seven touchdowns.[2][3] As a junior in 2018, he had 60 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns, breaking a school record for single season receiving yards.[4][5] After the season, Butler decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Rec Yards Avg TDs
2016 Iowa State 8 9 134 14.9 2
2017 Iowa State 13 41 697 17.0 7
2018 Iowa State 13 60 1,318 22.0 9
College Totals 34 110 2,149 19.5 18

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 38 in
(1.97 m)
227 lb
(103 kg)
35 14 in
(0.90 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
4.48 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Butler was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on August 25, 2019, after suffering a broken hand, causing him to miss his entire rookie season.[9]

On September 4, 2020, Butler was waived by the Cardinals.[10]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On September 18, 2020, Butler was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad.[11]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On September 29, 2020, Butler was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles active roster off the Panthers practice squad and converted to tight end.[12] He was waived on October 31, 2020,[13] and re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[14] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on January 4, 2021.[15]


  1. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Baltimore native Hakeem Butler grows into star at Iowa State, one highlight-reel catch at a time". baltimoresun.com.
  2. ^ Tribune, Dylan Montz Ames. "Cyclones' Butler ready to build off breakout season". The Quad-City Times.
  3. ^ "'I want to be the best': Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler ready to be the No. 1 target". Des Moines Register.
  4. ^ "College football: Butler on pace for historic Iowa State career". TelegraphHerald.com. Associated Press.
  5. ^ Lee, Edward. "Bowl game, NFL loom for Baltimore native, Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler". baltimoresun.com.
  6. ^ "Hakeem Butler College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Hakeem Butler". nfl.com. April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 27, 2019). "Cardinals add Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler at No. 103". NFL.com.
  9. ^ Urban, Darren (September 4, 2020). "Cardinals Begin Cuts; Hakeem Butler Among Released". azcardinals.com.
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (September 4, 2020). "Cardinals Begin Cuts; Hakeem Butler Among Released". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Panthers sign WR Hakeem Butler to practice squad, release undrafted DT". Panthers Wire. USA Today. September 18, 2020.
  12. ^ McPherson, Chris (September 29, 2020). "Eagles agree to sign TE Hakeem Butler; place TE Dallas Goedert on Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  13. ^ McPherson, Chris (October 31, 2020). "Roster Moves: Eagles activate LB T.J. Edwards, S Rudy Ford, TE Dallas Goedert, T Jason Peters, and WR Jalen Reagor from Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  14. ^ McPherson, Chris (November 2, 2020). "Eagles sign TE Hakeem Butler and LB Rashad Smith to the practice squad". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  15. ^ McPherson, Chris (January 4, 2021). "Eagles agree to terms with DT T.Y. McGill; sign nine players to reserve/futures deals". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

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