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Donald Butler
ILB #56
Height:
6-1
Weight:
242
Age:
25
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Fair Oaks, Calif.
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2014 PRE):

TCKL
5
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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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

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Bio

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco made it well-known that the Bolts wanted to have Donald Butler captain their defense well into the future and that goal was attained when the two sides agreed to a new multi-year contract in February.

A team captain in 2013, Butler is the quarterback of the defense, responsible for making the on-field calls and getting the unit lined up properly. He also bore the added responsibility of grooming fellow inside linebacker and rookie Manti Te’o in 2013 and he was successful in both endeavors. Butler finished the year second on the team with 99 tackles, one shy of a second-career 100-tackle season, while he and Te’o combined for 192 stops in 2013. Butler had perhaps his biggest game at the end of the year when he racked up 13 tackles, including two for loss, in the Bolts’ Dec. 29 win over Kansas City that put the team into the NFL Playoffs.

Butler’s outstanding play carried into the postseason as he paced the team with 19 tackles while adding an interception, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His forced fumble turned out to be one of the team’s biggest plays of the postseason in the Bolts’ Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati. In a 7-7 game late in the first half, Butler stripped the Bengals’ Giovani Bernard from behind as Bernard was on his way to the end zone with a head of steam. The Bolts recovered and went on to outscore the Bengals, 20-0, in the second half en route to a 27-10 win, the team’s first playoff victory since the 2008 season. A week later in the divisional playoffs, Butler made an acrobatic interception, pulling down a second quarter Peyton Manning pass while tiptoeing the back of the end zone.

The Chargers have long envisioned a bright future for the former Washington Husky and Fair Oaks, Calif. native. In 2010, the team made a trade with San Francisco to move up 12 spots and select Butler. His rookie season, however, was quickly derailed when he was sidelined for the year by a torn left Achilles tendon that occurred during a training camp practice. Instead of playing and vying for all-rookie honors, Butler spent 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 works for the Oakland (Calif.) Housing Authority. 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.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco made it well-known that the Bolts wanted to have Donald Butler captain their defense well into the future and that goal was attained when the two sides agreed to a new multi-year contract in February.

A team captain in 2013, Butler is the quarterback of the defense, responsible for making the on-field calls and getting the unit lined up properly. He also bore the added responsibility of grooming fellow inside linebacker and rookie Manti Te’o in 2013 and he was successful in both endeavors. Butler finished the year second on the team with 99 tackles, one shy of a second-career 100-tackle season, while he and Te’o combined for 192 stops in 2013. Butler had perhaps his biggest game at the end of the year when he racked up 13 tackles, including two for loss, in the Bolts’ Dec. 29 win over Kansas City that put the team into the NFL Playoffs.

Butler’s outstanding play carried into the postseason as he paced the team with 19 tackles while adding an interception, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His forced fumble turned out to be one of the team’s biggest plays of the postseason in the Bolts’ Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati. In a 7-7 game late in the first half, Butler stripped the Bengals’ Giovani Bernard from behind as Bernard was on his way to the end zone with a head of steam. The Bolts recovered and went on to outscore the Bengals, 20-0, in the second half en route to a 27-10 win, the team’s first playoff victory since the 2008 season. A week later in the divisional playoffs, Butler made an acrobatic interception, pulling down a second quarter Peyton Manning pass while tiptoeing the back of the end zone.

The Chargers have long envisioned a bright future for the former Washington Husky and Fair Oaks, Calif. native. In 2010, the team made a trade with San Francisco to move up 12 spots and select Butler. His rookie season, however, was quickly derailed when he was sidelined for the year by a torn left Achilles tendon that occurred during a training camp practice. Instead of playing and vying for all-rookie honors, Butler spent 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 works for the Oakland (Calif.) Housing Authority. 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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