Mario Butler (American football)

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Mario Butler
No. 31, 39
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 29)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Ponte Vedra (FL) Nease
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 14
Total tackles: 9
Pass deflections: 5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Mario Antoine Butler (born October 20, 1988) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Early years[edit]

Butler attended Allen D. Nease High School and was coached by Craig Howard, who led his team to the Class 4-A state title game in his final year of high school.[1]

He received a number of accolades in his final year of high school which include:

  • No. 34 cornerback in the nation by
  • No. 62 overall prospect in Florida by
  • No. 73 overall prospect in Florida by
  • No. 76 overall prospect in Florida by
  • Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 in Florida[1]

College career[edit]

Butler accepted a football scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He became a starter as a sophomore, registering 41 tackles and one interception. The next year, he posted 45 tackles and 2 interceptions.

As a senior, he collected 47 tackles and one interception. He finished his career with 51 games (39 starts), 136 tackles, 4 interceptions and 12 passes defensed.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Butler signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2011 NFL draft.[2][3] He was waived on September 3 and signed to the practice squad two days later. On January 3, 2012, he was promoted to the active roster.

He was released on September 22, 2012. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 26. He was released on October 16.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On October 30, 2012, he was signed by the Denver Broncos to their practice squad. He was released on August 25, 2013.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On November 19, 2013, Butler was signed by the Buffalo Bills to their practice squad. On August 29, 2014, he was placed on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury.

In 2015, he made the team, playing on special teams and as a backup cornerback. On January 4, 2016, the Bills signed him to a contract extension.[4]

On September 2, 2016, Butler was released by the Bills as part of final roster cuts.[5]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On August 15, 2017, he was signed by the Calgary Stampeders to the practice roster. He was placed on the retired list on September 20.

Personal life[edit]

Butler is the son of Lisa Lockwood and Jeffrey Butler.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Mario Butler- Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site". Georgia Tech Official Athletic SIte. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Korfhage, Stuart (27 July 2011). "Nease grad Mario Butler signs deal with America's team". St. Augustine Record. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  3. ^ Hill, Calvin. "Cowboys begin the free agency period". Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Zac (January 4, 2016). "Bills extend four, sign seven to futures contracts". Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  5. ^ Brown, Chris. "Vets Felton and Lawson headline Bills cut to 53". Retrieved January 5, 2018. 

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