Butler put nation on notice


 
As a 23-year-old rookie, Drew Butler’s father, Kevin, was a sure-footed place kicker for the 1985 Super Bowl champions Chicago Bears.

Drew didn’t hold up the Lombardi trophy following his rookie season, also as a 23-year-old, with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, but he did enjoy a solid season.

butler_mug_1Butler drilled the longest punt of the NFL season, a 79-yarder, and averaged 43.8 yards per boot on 77 punts.

You could say it’s in his genes, to be sure — Kevin kicked connected on 265 field goals over 13 seasons — but Drew Butler has paved his own remarkable road to becoming a starting NFL punter.

GO FIGURE: 57
Butler averaged 57 yards on six punts in a game against Oklahoma State in 2009.

The entire football nation took notice when Butler was a sophomore at Georgia. He put up big numbers — his 48.1-yard average led the country — and hauled in the coveted Ray Guy Award for his efforts.

Butler became only the third Bulldog in school history to lead the NCAA in punting (Zeke Bratkowski, 1953, 42.6; Bobby Walden, 1958, 45.3). He was named First-Team All-America by Walter Camp, American Football Coaches, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press and Sporting News.

Butler continued to excel throughout his college career, averaging 45.2 yards on 168 total punts. He placed 60 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Academically, he graduated with a degree in Telecommunications.

Coming out of high school, the All-State first-teamer was considered by most to be a top-10 punter in the nation. His longest high school punt was 63 yards. He also played varsity golf.

He went undrafted but Pittsburgh signed him prior to the 2012 season. Butler is still on the active roster.

Butler’s bio information

 May 10, 1989 (Duluth, Ga.)
 Suwanee Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.); a Class 5A All-State first-team selection as a senior
6-foot-1, 204 pounds
Led the nation in punting average in 2009 (48.1); Selected as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference punter and first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2009; second-team All-SEC punter in 2010.
Undrafted (Signed by Pittsburgh in 2012). Butler enjoyed a solid rookie season as he punted 77 times for an average of 43.8 yards per pop. His long was a 79-yarder. He remains on the Steelers’ roster.
Father, Kevin, was an NFL placekicker for 13 seasons. He won a Super Bowl with the 1985 Chicago Bears.

 

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