Decatur County native James Butler Jr. to join Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame




James Butler Jr.

wpid-wp-1405905835992.pngJames Butler Jr., a multi-sport star at Bainbridge High School who went on to play safety for the NFL’s New York Giants and St. Louis Rams, will be inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in October 2014.

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wpid-wp-1405905890571.jpegATLANTA – Two-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference football stars James Butler and Luke Manget, as well as Georgia Tech’s all-time leading shot-blocker in basketball, Alvin Jones, are among six former Yellow Jacket student-athletes who have been elected to the 2014 Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

NCAA track champion Michael Johnson, former ACC volleyball player of the year Lynnette Moster and two-time Johnny Bench Award finalist Bryan Prince also are in the 2014 class which will be inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame at the annual Induction Dinner on Oct. 10 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

“We are excited to welcome this 2014 class into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame,” said Tech director of athletics Mike Bobinski. “All of these student-athletes excelled individually in their own right, but they were also key contributors to the success of their teams, which achieved great heights during their time at Tech. It is a tremendous privilege each year to add a new class to our Hall of Fame and have these men and women back on campus, and we look forward to honoring them here on Oct. 10.”

Tickets for the dinner are $50 and can be purchased through the Alexander-Tharpe Fund at 404-894-6124. The inductees will also be honored during Tech’s football game against Duke on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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James Butler, Football (2001-04) –

A two-time, first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree in 2003, 2004, Butler still holds the Georgia Tech single-season record for tackles by a defensive back (119 in 2003). A standout high school player from Bainbridge High School, Butler earned four varsity letters, started at free safety in 2003 and 2004 and served as team captain in 2004. He was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2003 and 2004 and was named Academic All-ACC both of those years. Butler, who remains fifth in Tech history for career tackles by a defensive back (240), played in the Senior Bowl and went on to play in the NFL for seven years and earned a Super Bowl ring in 2007 while with the New York Giants. He holds a degree in building construction from Tech and currently lives in Roswell, Ga., where he owns a group of restaurants.

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