Mario Butler (American football)

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Mario Butler
No. -- Free agent
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: 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 as of 2015
Total tackles: 9
Sacks: 0.0
Pass deflections: 5
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Mario Antoine Butler (born October 20, 1988) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011.[1][2][3]

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.[4]

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[4]

He accepted a football scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he obtained his degree in management. He was a three-year starter, appearing in 51 games (39 starts), while registering 136 tackles, 4 interceptions and 12 passes defensed in his career[4]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

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

In 2012, he was again signed to the team's practice squad, before being 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.[5]

On September 2, 2016, Butler was released by the Bills as part of final roster cuts.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Butler is the son of Lisa Lockwood and Jeffrey Butler.[4]


  1. ^ Mendez, Carlos (26 July 2011). "Texas Tech's Lyle Leong Jr. could catch on as Cowboys' No. 3 receiver". Fort Worth Star Telegram. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Korfhage, Stuart (27 July 2011). "Nease grad Mario Butler signs deal with America's team". St. Augustine Record. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Cowboys begin the free agency period
  4. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Mario Butler- Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site". Georgia Tech Official Athletic SIte. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Zac (January 4, 2016). "Bills extend four, sign seven to futures contracts". Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brown, Chris. "Vets Felton and Lawson headline Bills cut to 53". 

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