Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #17 (Kevin Butler)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

17. Kevin Butler, PK (1981-1984)
  • Kicked 3 of the 5 longest FGs made in UGA history: (60 yards vs Clemson, 1984; 59 yards vs Ole Miss, 1982; 57 yards vs Georgia Tech, 1984)
  • 11 FGs made over 50 yards (most in UGA history), also highest percentage of FGs made over 50 yards in UGA history (52%)
  • UGA's leading scorer: 1983 and 1984
  • 2nd most career points scored in UGA history (353)
  • 2nd most career FGs made in UGA history (77)
  • Tied for NCAA record of most games in career kicking 2 FGs (27, tied with former UGA kicker Billy Bennett)
  • 4 time All-SEC: 1981 (AP 2nd team, UPI 1st team); 1982 (AP 2nd team); 1983 (AP 1st team, UPI 1st team); 1984 (AP 1st team, UPI 1st team, Coaches 1st team)
  • 2 time All-American: 1983 (Football News); 1984 (Kodak, UPI, Football Writers of America, Walter Camp, Football News, Sporting News, NEA)
  • 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Member of the Consensus College Football Team of the Century

Butler's accomplishments speak for themselves, but it should also be noted that he enjoyed a long and solid NFL career, most notably with the Chicago Bears (with whom he won a Super Bowl in 1985), and 2 years with the Arizona Cardinals.

This clip pretty much sums it all up:


Bop said...

Pretty amazing that 2 of our all time greats over the past quarter century are kickers. Butler deserves all the accolades. I mean, he's in the College Football Hall of Fame as a kicker! I bet Billy gets a shot at that honor too.

Otto said...

wow, not only was he great in uniform but he has been a great ambassador for UGA as well. DGD!!

Amanda said...

What an awesome announcer!! Just fun to listen to. This was my favorite Munson call as well. He will be missed! Amanda Vanderpool