Greg Buttle
No. 51     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-06-20) June 20, 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
Debuted in 1976 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1984 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 1975 Consensus All-American
Sacks     8.5
Interceptions     15
Touchdowns     1
Stats at

Gregory Ellis Buttle (born June 20, 1954, in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is a retired American football linebacker for the New York Jets. He played college football at Penn State University. He was named a Consensus All-American in 1975. In 2005, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

High schoolEdit

Buttle grew up in Linwood, New Jersey.[2] While attending Mainland Regional High School in Linwood. Buttle not only excelled as a 4-sport letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track and field but also was a champion oarsman while on the Margate City Beach Patrol as well as participating in musical theatre. He is a member of the Ocean Rowing Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

Penn StateEdit

A 1975 Consensus All-American, Buttle was also the captain of the Nittany Lions that year. Considered by Penn State coach Joe Paterno "as fine a linebacker as any prospect produced by this school,"[3] he still holds the school records for tackles in a game (24), and season (165). He stood atop the Penn State career tackles list for over 30 years (until Paul Posluszny surpassed his mark of 343 versus Wisconsin on November 4, 2006). In 2000 Buttle was honored with the Butkus Silver Anniversary Award,[4] which honors the top college linebacker from 25 years ago. He has been named a Penn State All-Time NFL Player.[5]

New York JetsEdit

Buttle was selected in the 3rd round (#67 overall) of the 1976 NFL Draft by the New York Jets for whom he would play 9 seasons (1976–1984)[6] at starting outside linebacker. Two interceptions in the Jets' 1981 playoff game against Buffalo helped fuel a big comeback effort (which ultimately fell short) in the franchise's first playoff game since the 1969 season. He was a key member of defensive coordinator [[Joe Gardi]]'s Swarm defense which included fellow Nittany Lion Lance Mehl, as well as the famed “New York Sack Exchange” defensive line. Buttle was cut in August 1985 by Joe Walton.


Buttle serves as an on-air analyst for WCBS-TV in New York City, alongside play-by-play man Ian Eagle, for Jets preseason games, and hosts Jets Gameday on the Jets Radio Network and ESPN New York alongside Don LaGreca. He also serves as an analyst on the SportsNet New York studio show Jets Nation. He was the temporary fill-in host on WABC radio in NYC, in the 10:00 AM - noon slot, until Geraldo Rivera took the chair permanently on Jan. 3, 2012.


Buttle has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of his commitment to the community including National Spokesman for the United Way. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in general arts and sciences from Penn State University. He lives in Northport, New York with his wife, Rita, son Greg Jr. and two daughters, Christina and Allegra.

Hosted EventsEdit

Buttle, alongside Larry Mallia, hosts an annual Labor Day Bocce Tournament at the Mallia's house in Northport, New York. This tournament was started on Labor Day in year 2000. Buttle was the champion in 2000 but has yet to reach the finals since.


  1. Nassau County Sports Commission, New York.
  2. Eskenazi, Gerald. "BUTTLE, SCHROY QUIT AS JETS' UNION CHIEFS", The New York Times, July 27, 1982. Accessed November 29, 2007. "Right now I'm the player rep, but I'm not the player rep, he said by telephone from his parents' home in Linwood, N.J."
  3. New York Jets profile
  4. Florida Chamber of Commerce, Butkus Award, November 17, 2003
  5. NFL Players 2008 Records.
  6. New York Jets website.

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