- James Butler (American football)
currentteam=New York Giants
birthdate=birth date and age|1982|9|7
debutteam=New York Giants
New York Giants(2005-present)
Super Bowlchampion (XLII)
James Oscar Butler, Jr. (born
September 7, 1982in Climax, Georgia) is an American footballsafety for the New York Giantsin the National Football League. He was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agentin 2005. He played college footballat Georgia Tech.
Butler earned a
Super Bowl ringwith the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Butler was an
American football free safetyat Georgia Tech from 2001 to 2004. He was undrafteddespite his highly decorated collegiate career. While at Georgia Tech, he majored in Building Construction. James, in four years, totaled 204 tackles, seven interceptions, 10 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and blocked two field goals in his final two years as a starter at Georgia Tech, recorded 240 tackles in his career with the Yellow Jackets, was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Awardas the nation’s top defensive backas a senior in 2004, when he was named first-team All-ACC for the second straight season, was second on the team with 85 tackles along with two interceptions, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal, was also named to the ACC All-Academic team for the second straight year. The most notable performance of Butler's career was in 2004 when Georgia Tech's defense held Maryland to only 81 yards of total offense.
New York Giants
James Butler saw action in 16 games during his
rookieseason in which he accumulated 1 start, plus the NFC Wild Card Game, tied for 2nd on the team with 21 special teams tackles (19 solo). Recorded 18 tackles (14 solo), 2 interceptions, 5 passes defensed and 1 fumble recovery in play in dime packages. In Butler's third season, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriotsin Super Bowl XLII. Butler led the Super Bowl victors with 10 total tackles in the game.
Butler was in an automobile accident just outside his hometown of Climax, Georgia on Thursday, May 8, 2008. He was traveling south on the highway in his Jeep Liberty when another motorist pulled out at an intersection in Butler's path. Butler ran into the side of the truck with his SUV, causing major damage to both vehicles. The other driver complained of extensive bruising to his side, but was not severely injured. Butler was treated by EMS personnel at the scene and released.
* [http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/butler_james00.html Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bio]
* [http://www.giants.com/team/player138.html New York Giants bio]
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