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Bills starting right tackle Butler suddenly retires

Buffalo’s porous offensive line has another hole to fill after the unexpected retirement of right tackle Brad Butler Thursday. The 26-year-old received a contract extension in 2008, then tore his ACL early in the 2009 season. 

“Playing in the National Football League has been a tremendous
opportunity and a great blessing,” Butler said in a statement.  “However, my passion for education,
country and community is something that I am ready to devote my full
attention to.”

The Bills lauded Butler’s “tremendous character” and said he will be successful in whatever path he chooses. 

Walking away from an NFL contract can’t be easy and we wish Butler all the best.

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31 Responses to “Bills starting right tackle Butler suddenly retires”
  1. DemocratsAreStupid says: Feb 18, 2010 5:29 PM

    Brad Butler needs to look in the mirror and say out loud
    I AM WE TODD DID
    until he realizes he can teach in 5 years when his football career ends

  2. Iron Wolf says: Feb 18, 2010 5:31 PM

    When he was at Virginia he was a cheap-shotting scumbag. No need to wish him the best.

  3. alex_xxv says: Feb 18, 2010 5:34 PM

    Damn, another good character guy, good person guy leaves the NFL.
    Best wishes in your next projects Brad!

  4. Byrd Is The Word says: Feb 18, 2010 5:36 PM

    I applaud his commitment to the country…he was an intern for Jack Kemp after his rookie season I believe.
    However, as a Bills fan, we just lost our lineman with the most starts. Just when things are looking better, this happens. UGH.

  5. Contra says: Feb 18, 2010 5:42 PM

    Wow really!? Really!? You left a lucrative paycheck to do something you can do AFTER your career ends!?

  6. Buffalo Hogan says: Feb 18, 2010 5:42 PM

    WOW! Even the young players are willing to give up their career not to play in Buffalo.
    THat cinches it Buffalo is drafting 2 tackles in the first 3 rounds.

  7. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 18, 2010 5:43 PM

    Good for him.
    No sense (other than the money) in being in a profession where your knees get shredded and your brain gets smashed around for no purpose other than to move around a little inflated piece of leather.

  8. Bech72 says: Feb 18, 2010 5:47 PM

    Great move. Give up several million he was earning in the league to for the 40k he’ll make as a teacher. That guy is smart!

  9. BillWynz says: Feb 18, 2010 6:02 PM

    Having been a Bills fan longer than I care to remember, Brad Butler exemplified what Bills football is all about and the fans along with the locker room will miss him.
    However, what we need now is to focus on his replacement whether that be in the draft or through free agency as the guys we had subbing for him were at best pedestrian…

  10. Sam says: Feb 18, 2010 6:04 PM

    Huge blow for the bills… switching defensive schemes, incompetent quarterbacks, and lack of offensive fire power, RW jr. Better be ready to open his wallet this off-season or looks like there wont be any “Chan”ge in the B-LO this season.

  11. VASeahawk says: Feb 18, 2010 6:05 PM

    Hey Dems-here’s a thought: he was smart enough to take care of his future with the money he made and doesn’t need to play himself into a wheelchair to support himself in a dip stick brain dead lifestyle like so many of these other maroons.
    Guess if you never had any money, you would think money is the most important thing for him to be pursuing.

  12. John El Way says: Feb 18, 2010 6:05 PM

    trust fund baby

  13. BleedGreen says: Feb 18, 2010 6:20 PM

    The guy signed an 8.8 million dollar 3 year extension, which means he probably earned at least 2 million in 2009. If you invest say, 1.5 million of that, you can EASILY get 8-10% return on that kind of money. He can live on $100K in interest + his teaching salary of say, $40-45K. Thats nearly $150K a year. In most places in this country, thats a LOT of money, especially when you only teach 8 months a year.

  14. FranknWeezer says: Feb 18, 2010 6:40 PM

    “Tremendous character”? Do these idiots so soon forget this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvc3N1BXsjQ

  15. tazman1996 says: Feb 18, 2010 6:45 PM

    Jack Kemp must’ve shown him where the real money is in the “System”. I agree, a couple more years of the game he loved (or maybe not) and he could’ve taught for free and really gave back to “community” or Country. Jack-Ass…..

  16. Peak says: Feb 18, 2010 7:31 PM

    Bleed Green says “If you make $2m, you can invest $1.5M and easily get 8-10% return on that”.
    Well, if you make $2m, your federal, NY state and social security taxes will be about $840,000. Then your agent gets his cut(not sure if 4% of that one year or 4% of $8.8m total), lets say $80,000. So, Brad is “left with” about $1,080,000, before he buys a car or anything. And then you assume anyone can “easily” get an 8-10% return year in and year out, which is amazing since the stock market, the only place where those types of returns are possible, has a negative rate of return over the past decade. You should stick to topics you know something about, although it appears that Brad Butler is even dumber.

  17. superbowl says: Feb 18, 2010 7:31 PM

    The Bills are irrelevant and so is the entire city of Buffalo

  18. Peak says: Feb 18, 2010 7:31 PM

    Bleed Green says “If you make $2m, you can invest $1.5M and easily get 8-10% return on that”.
    Well, if you make $2m, your federal, NY state and social security taxes will be about $840,000. Then your agent gets his cut(not sure if 4% of that one year or 4% of $8.8m total), lets say $80,000. So, Brad is “left with” about $1,080,000, before he buys a car or anything. And then you assume anyone can “easily” get an 8-10% return year in and year out, which is amazing since the stock market, the only place where those types of returns are possible, has a negative rate of return over the past decade. You should stick to topics you know something about, although it appears that Brad Butler is even dumber.

  19. filthymcnasty says: Feb 18, 2010 7:39 PM

    @ Notorious v.i.c.
    “Good for him.
    No sense (other than the money) in being in a profession where your knees get shredded and your brain gets smashed around for no purpose other than to move around a little inflated piece of leather.”
    Really?
    Why are you here?

  20. wwwmattcom says: Feb 18, 2010 8:08 PM

    I won’t miss Butler, but we will need to draft someone to replace him.
    Some team mate. Thanks Jack kemp.
    Yet here you are “superbowl” commenting.

  21. dgress says: Feb 18, 2010 8:32 PM

    Don’t see the problem here. He didn’t want to play anymore so he quit. Some people wouldn’t give up that money. Does that mean he shouldn’t either?

  22. truthsayer says: Feb 18, 2010 8:57 PM

    Iron Wolf says:
    February 18, 2010 5:31 PM
    When he was at Virginia he was a cheap-shotting scumbag. No need to wish him the best.
    **************************************
    No Iron Wolf, when Butler was at Virginia he was a solid guy who finally lost it after then-Boston College (current NY Giant) DE Mathias Kiwanuka took repeated cheap shots at Virginia players in that game. Maybe Butler should have kept his cool, but undeniably, Kiwi got what he deserved. Kiwi was the scumbag.

  23. Jeff1220 says: Feb 18, 2010 9:05 PM

    Money isn’t everything.
    And a lot of people live on a teacher’s salary their whole lives w/o having already made millions in only their first few years out of college.

  24. kristoff says: Feb 18, 2010 9:14 PM

    Great. now all we need is a lt,rt,lb,nt and a qb ane we might compete this year!!

  25. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: Feb 18, 2010 10:29 PM

    ALWAYS stay with the big money while you’re still young. None of this passion for family community blah blah blah crap, there’s time for that later. 26 years old is too young for an O-lineman to piss away his career with misguided ideals. Even if you are sick and tired of the hitting and physical pain think about the precious moolah that you will never have again. Butler will later on have wet fantasy dreams about shoving and clawing and rolling over the legs of an end all to get the anonymous glory of having his running back gain a few yards. Extra hundreds of thousands right now will pay off later, it goe$ $o quickly. Blood $weat & tear$ ’til the kid has college paid for. F college, save the money like a mother so the kid don’t have to go to school. MONEY TREE!

  26. Vito says: Feb 18, 2010 11:06 PM

    Good for him!

  27. Tiki's Barber says: Feb 18, 2010 11:23 PM

    He has played long enough to qualify for the NFLPA pension.
    He has made more money in his short career than most people make in 10-20 years. I don’t think he was blowing it on strippers or bentleys.
    And he wants to be able to WALK away and continue to walk (stay healthy) for the rest of his life. He is ready to make his way in DC. More power to him.

  28. patpatriotagain says: Feb 19, 2010 7:50 AM

    how funny, we all kill these guys for being greedy bastards when they hold out, we call them overpaid because “football isn’t a real job”, but if they turn down money because they want to do something worthwhile, or don’t want to get the hell beat out of their bodies, we rip them for that. people are such hypocrites. He obviously is pretty secure in his self-identity that he doesn’t need money or fame to justify his existence. good for him.

  29. No1billsfan says: Feb 19, 2010 8:59 AM

    Just give Incognito a contract, already. Hopefully Wood will recover nicely, too.

  30. topcide says: Feb 19, 2010 10:16 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, he was smart with his money, and invested it well.

  31. laxcoach says: Feb 19, 2010 11:45 AM

    I don’t want anyone teaching my kids who is dumb enough to walk away from minimum salaries of $400k at the age of 26. Furthermore, I wouldn’t vote for him.
    You have to make hay while the sun shines.
    I predict he will try to return once his money runs out.

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