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Darius Butler

Darius Butler
New England Patriots
No. 20     Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-03-18) March 18, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Coral Springs (FL) Charter
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 2009 for the New England Patriots
Career history

Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 10, 2012)
  • 1× First-team All-Big East (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013

Darius Jermaine Butler (born March 18, 1986) is an American football cornerback who is currently a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.

Early years

Butler is the cousin of Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee, and Geno Atkins of Cincinnati Bengals and the nephew of former New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins safety Gene Atkins.

Butler attended Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs, Florida. While there he played quarterback and safety. He also played basketball, scoring over 1,000 points during his career. He was an All-County selection as well as an All-State honorable mention.

College career

Butler played college football at the University of Connecticut, where he was a four-year starter and two-year team captain. He was primarily a cornerback, but he also spent time as a kickoff returner and wide receiver.

Butler was twice named Big East Player of the Week, both during his freshman year in 2005. He earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes for 122 interception return yards and a touchdown in a game against Army on October 1, 2005. The 122 return yards set both a Connecticut and Michie Stadium record. He also was awarded Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after he returned a kick off 90 yards for a touchdown against South Florida on November 26, 2005. After his senior season in 2008, Butler was named to the All-Big East first team, despite not having a single interception all season.[1]

Butler finished his career at Connecticut starting 43 of 45 games, recording 180 tackles, 10 interceptions for 213 return yards and two touchdowns. He also scored three other touchdowns: one on a kickoff return, one rushing and one receiving.

Professional career


New England Patriots

Butler was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (41st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. On July 10, 2009, he signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that included a total of about $2.1 million in guaranteed money.[2]

Butler got his first career start and interception against the Tennessee Titans. The following week he got his second interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans on January 3, 2010. He finished the season starting five of 14 games played, recording three interceptions, 35 tackles, and eight passes deflected.

In 2010, Butler started the first two games of the season, including a Patriots loss to the New York Jets in Week 2. In the game, Butler gave up a touchdown reception and was also penalized twice for defensive pass interference on another Jets touchdown drive. He was replaced as a starter by Kyle Arrington the next week, and was not part of the team's defensive sub packages. After being a healthy inactive for the team's Week 10 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Butler returned to make his third start of the season, as the Patriots' nickel cornerback for their Week 13 win over the Jets. Butler finished the season with three starts in 15 games played, recording 23 tackles and six passes defensed.

On September 6, 2011, he was waived by New England.

Carolina Panthers

Butler was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers on September 6. On August 31, 2012 he was waived by the Carolina Panthers.

Indianapolis Colts

Butler was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts on September 25, 2012.


External links

  • New England Patriots bio
  • Connecticut Huskies bio
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