Donald Butler is a middle linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. He led the Chargers in total tackles in 2011 and previously played collegiately at the University of Washington.
Butler was born in Sacramento, CA on October 17, 1988 and attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, CA. He started at linebacker during four seasons at Del Campo, receiving multiple scholarship offers from Pac-10 schools. He decided to continue his playing career at the University of Washington.
University of Washington
After arriving on campus, Butler saw action in 10 games as a true freshman and made 24 total tackles with limited snaps. He became more involved as a sophomore in 2007, making 51 tackles in nine games for the Huskies. He finally took over as a full-time starter as a junior and started 12 games for Washington, recording 69 tackles and 2.0 sacks. He capped a stellar college career in 2009 with 94 tackles, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles as a senior. He finished his four-year tenure at the school with 239 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
San Diego Chargers
Butler had been highly-productive his final two seasons at Washington and the San Diego Chargers moved up 12 spots to snag him with the 79th overall pick in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon during training camp and ended up missing his entire rookie season rehabilitating the injury. He returned in 2011 as a starter for the Chargers, leading the team with 96 tackles while starting every game.
Injuries struck again in 2012 and Butler missed four games, but he still made 77 tackles and recorded 3.0 sacks for the season. After making 84 tackles in his fourth NFL season in 2013, he signed a three-year deal worth up to $20 million on February 28, 2014 to stay with the Chargers.
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