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Mario Butler
No. 31, 39     
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2011 2012)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Games played     14
Total tackles     9
Pass deflections     5
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Mario Antoine Butler (born October 20, 1988) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Early yearsEdit

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.[1]

He received a number of accolades in his final year of high school which include:

  • No. 34 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com
  • No. 62 overall prospect in Florida by Scout.com
  • No. 73 overall prospect in Florida by SuperPrep.com
  • No. 76 overall prospect in Florida by Rivals.com
  • Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 in Florida[1]

College careerEdit

Butler accepted a football scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He became a starter as a sophomore, registering 41 tackles and one interception. The next year, he posted 45 tackles and 2 interceptions.

As a senior, he collected 47 tackles and one interception. He finished his career with 51 games (39 starts), 136 tackles, 4 interceptions and 12 passes defensed.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Butler signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2011 NFL draft.[2][3] He was waived on September 3 and signed to the practice squad two days later. On January 3, 2012, he was promoted to the active roster.

He was released on September 22, 2012. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 26. He was released on October 16.

Denver BroncosEdit

On October 30, 2012, he was signed by the Denver Broncos to their practice squad. He was released on August 25, 2013.

Buffalo BillsEdit

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.[4]

On September 2, 2016, Butler was released by the Bills as part of final roster cuts.[5]

Calgary StampedersEdit

On August 15, 2017, he was signed by the Calgary Stampeders to the practice roster. He was placed on the retired list on September 20.

Personal lifeEdit

Butler is the son of Lisa Lockwood and Jeffrey Butler.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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