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Donald Butler
ILB #56
Height:
6-1
Weight:
242
Age:
25
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Fair Oaks, Calif.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
84
SCK
0.5
FF
0
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 257 199 58 5.5 0 10 3 53 -- 30 1 4 2
2013 SD 13 12 84 71 13 0.5 -- 4 1 30 30 30 0 0 1
2012 SD 12 12 77 50 27 3.0 0 4 1 21 21 21 1 2 --
2011 SD 16 16 96 78 18 2.0 0 2 1 2 2 2 0 2 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 HOU L 28-31 13 9 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @PHI W 33-30 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @TEN L 17-20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 DAL W 30-21 8 8 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @OAK L 17-27 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 IND W 19-9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @JAC W 24-6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @WAS L 24-30 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 DEN L 20-28 7 7 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
11 @MIA L 16-20 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @KC W 41-38 7 7 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 CIN L 10-17 10 9 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 NYG W 37-14 5 3 2 -- -- 2 1 30 30 30 0 0 --
15 @DEN W 27-20 6 6 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 OAK W 26-13 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 KC W 27-24 10 9 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

Donald Butler re-signed a multi-year contract extension with the Chargers on Feb. 28, 2014.

Butler has quickly evolved into one of San Diego’s top defensive players. He was well on his way to a second-consecutive 100-tackle season in 2012 when his year was cut short by a groin injury, one that resulted in his missing four games late in the year. Despite the injury, Butler still accumulated 94 tackles, third among Chargers defenders.

Butler was one of the team’s top feel-good stories in 2011. A former third-round pick from 2010 whom the Chargers traded up 12 spots to select, the Bolts were looking for big things from the former Washington Husky as a rookie. But one afternoon during an early training camp practice, Butler tore his left Achilles tendon during a pass rush drill and his rookie season ended before it began. 

Butler spent all of 2010 rehabilitating and when 2011 arrived, the door of opportunity swung wide open. Butler paid close attention and took copious notes from veteran inside linebacker Takeo Spikes, who had signed as a free agent that July. The two ended up starting side-by-side and Butler’s repaired Achilles held up as he and Spikes ranked 1-2 on the team in tackles with 119 and 102, respectively. By the time the ’11 season concluded, Butler had started all 16 games and he was the only Chargers defender to hang a number in every statistical defensive category.    

Butler studied construction management at Washington. His mom, Janet Rice, is a single parent who has worked for the Oakland (Calif.) Housing Authority for a number of years. Her career path is what spurred an interest in Donald in the business side of construction. For two years while he was in college, he interned with the Walsh Construction Co. in Tacoma, Wash.


TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (79), April 23, 2010...signed July 13.

2012: AFC Defensive Player of Week after Chargers’ 37-20 win at Kansas City Sept. 30...intercepted botched point-after try after K.C. had cut deficit to 20-6 late in second quarter, and two series later, intercepted pass that skipped off arms of tight end Tony Moeaki and returned it 21 yards for touchdown and 27-6 advantage...Nov. 1 vs. Chiefs, led team with 15 tackles, including season-high 10 solos...almost single-handedly ended K.C.’s first three drives of night.. .ended first with forced fumble on 3rd-and-15 that was recovered by Quentin Jammer, then ended second and third drives with tackles for no gain on consecutive 3rd-and-1 plays...inactive Games 12-14 & 16 (groin). 2011: Two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits, one of which resulted in interception by Marcus Gilchrist Oct. 2 vs. Miami...first-career interception Oct. 9 off Denver’s Kyle Orton...early in Oct. 23 contest at New York Jets, stripped ball from tight end Dustin Keller after catch and returned fumble 37 yards for touchdown and 7-0 lead...season-high 11 tackles vs. Jets...season-high three tackles for loss Nov. 27 vs. Denver. 2010: Placed on “Reserve-Injured” Aug. 31 (Achilles).

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated, second-team All-Pac-10, co-captain and team Defensive Player of Year after career and team-high 94 tackles as senior...KING-TV’s Most Improved Player on defense as junior and team’s Defensive Player of Week after 2008 Washington State game...Academic All-Pac-10 in 2007...Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman for defense in ’06...played at Washington from 2006-09...construction management and business major.

PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, California...honorable mention All-Metro by Sacramento Bee at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, Calif.

Donald Butler re-signed a multi-year contract extension with the Chargers on Feb. 28, 2014.

Butler has quickly evolved into one of San Diego’s top defensive players. He was well on his way to a second-consecutive 100-tackle season in 2012 when his year was cut short by a groin injury, one that resulted in his missing four games late in the year. Despite the injury, Butler still accumulated 94 tackles, third among Chargers defenders.

Butler was one of the team’s top feel-good stories in 2011. A former third-round pick from 2010 whom the Chargers traded up 12 spots to select, the Bolts were looking for big things from the former Washington Husky as a rookie. But one afternoon during an early training camp practice, Butler tore his left Achilles tendon during a pass rush drill and his rookie season ended before it began.

Butler spent all of 2010 rehabilitating and when 2011 arrived, the door of opportunity swung wide open. Butler paid close attention and took copious notes from veteran inside linebacker Takeo Spikes, who had signed as a free agent that July. The two ended up starting side-by-side and Butler’s repaired Achilles held up as he and Spikes ranked 1-2 on the team in tackles with 119 and 102, respectively. By the time the ’11 season concluded, Butler had started all 16 games and he was the only Chargers defender to hang a number in every statistical defensive category.

Butler studied construction management at Washington. His mom, Janet Rice, is a single parent who has worked for the Oakland (Calif.) Housing Authority for a number of years. Her career path is what spurred an interest in Donald in the business side of construction. For two years while he was in college, he interned with the Walsh Construction Co. in Tacoma, Wash.


TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (79), April 23, 2010...signed July 13.

2012: AFC Defensive Player of Week after Chargers’ 37-20 win at Kansas City Sept. 30...intercepted botched point-after try after K.C. had cut deficit to 20-6 late in second quarter, and two series later, intercepted pass that skipped off arms of tight end Tony Moeaki and returned it 21 yards for touchdown and 27-6 advantage...Nov. 1 vs. Chiefs, led team with 15 tackles, including season-high 10 solos...almost single-handedly ended K.C.’s first three drives of night.. .ended first with forced fumble on 3rd-and-15 that was recovered by Quentin Jammer, then ended second and third drives with tackles for no gain on consecutive 3rd-and-1 plays...inactive Games 12-14 & 16 (groin). 2011: Two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits, one of which resulted in interception by Marcus Gilchrist Oct. 2 vs. Miami...first-career interception Oct. 9 off Denver’s Kyle Orton...early in Oct. 23 contest at New York Jets, stripped ball from tight end Dustin Keller after catch and returned fumble 37 yards for touchdown and 7-0 lead...season-high 11 tackles vs. Jets...season-high three tackles for loss Nov. 27 vs. Denver. 2010: Placed on “Reserve-Injured” Aug. 31 (Achilles).

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated, second-team All-Pac-10, co-captain and team Defensive Player of Year after career and team-high 94 tackles as senior...KING-TV’s Most Improved Player on defense as junior and team’s Defensive Player of Week after 2008 Washington State game...Academic All-Pac-10 in 2007...Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman for defense in ’06...played at Washington from 2006-09...construction management and business major.

PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, California...honorable mention All-Metro by Sacramento Bee at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, Calif.

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