James Butler (American Football) life and biography

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James Butler (American Football) biography

Date of birth : 1982-09-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Climax, Georgia
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-20
Credited as : Football player NFL, safety for the St. Louis Rams, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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James Butler, Jr. is an American football safety for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.

Pro Highlights:
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by St. Louis (3/11/09)…signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Giants (5/6/05).

PRO:
Fifth-year safety joined the Rams after spending the first four seasons of his career with the New York Giants…has played in 58 regular season games with 27 starts...career totals of 174 tackles (106 solo), six interceptions and 21 passes defensed...played in seven career postseason games with five starts...won Super Bowl XLII as a member of the Giants.

2008 SEASON: Played in 15 games with a career-high 14 starts...established career highs with 76 tackles (45 solo) and three interceptions...six passes defensed tied a career high...Week 8 at Pittsburgh (10/26): Recorded his first interception of the season off of QB Ben Roethlisberger...finished game with five tackles, one quarterback pressure, two passes defensed and one interception...Week 17 at Minnesota (12/28): Tallied six tackles and one interception...intercepted QB Tarvaris Jackson in the end zone and returned the ball 37 yards...interception was his third of the season...NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Philadelphia (1/11/09): Notched eight tackles.

2007 SEASON: Played in 13 games with 12 starts...started all four postseason contests, including the Giants victory over New England in Super Bowl XLII...finished the regular season with 69 tackles (38 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery...team’s second-leading tackler in postseason, tallying 30 stops (21 solo)...at Detroit (11/18): Intercepted his only pass of the season...picked off a QB Jon Kitna pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter...NFC Divisional Playoff at Dallas (1/13/08): Registered nine tackles (seven solo)...Super Bowl XLII vs. New England (2/3/08): Led team with nine tackles (eight solo) in a 17-14 victory.

2006 SEASON: Played in 14 games, mostly on special teams...finished season with 11 tackles (nine solo), four passes defensed and 12 special teams tackles.

2005 SEASON: Played in all 16 games with one start as a rookie...also played in NFC Wild Card Playoff...21 special teams tackles ranked second on team...tallied 18 tackles (14 solo), two interceptions, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery...vs. Dallas (12/4): Recorded his first career interception...intercepted a QB Drew Bledsoe pass in the third quarter.

College Highlights:
Started 25 of 48 career games at Georgia Tech, including every game in his final two collegiate seasons...two-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection with the Yellow Jackets...semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back as a senior in 2004...earned ACC All-Academic honors in two seasons...graduate of the Georgia Tech Building Construction program.

Personal :
Four-year letterman at Bainbridge (Ga.) High...state champion in triple jump as a sophomore...was honored with “James Butler Day” in his hometown of Climax, Ga., on March 1, 2008, after winning the Super Bowl...previously interned with Skanska Corporation during offseason construction of the New York Giants’ new stadium and team facility…owns Golden Corral restaurant in Warner Robins, Ga., with fellow Rams teammate Tye Hill.


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