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Five Things You Need to Know About Rodney Butler


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Here are five things you need to know about the 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior linebacker..

He is a Tackling Machine

In just two games Butler has recorded 39 total tackles, the most in college football. Butler has nine more tackles than the second-leading tackler. Butler finished with 15 tackles in the Aggies’ season opener and 24 in their win over New Mexico last week. The 24 tackles were a career-high for Butler.

He Didn’t Want to Play Linebacker

In the early days of his football career, Butler played on the offensive and defensive line. When his body started to change in his early teens, he became taller and leaner, which lead to his position change.

“My first position was on the offensive line and defensive line, in seventh and eighth grades, when I first started playing,” Butler said. “I didn’t start playing linebacker until my freshman year in high school. I kind of leaned up and got taller, so I wasn’t used on the D line, though that’s where I wanted to play. My coaches said, ‘No, let’s move you to linebacker.’ I was a little longer and faster and I got adjusted to that.”

He Likes LeBron… A Lot

Butler is a big fan of LeBron James. I mean what college athlete isn’t? However Butler took his fandom to another level when he did his signature celebration during a game.

Gotta go dumb one last time @kingjames

A video posted by Rodney Butler (@level53) on

He Has an Adorable Dog 

If you know me or follow me on Twitter, you know I love dogs. When I found out that Butler had a dog, I instantly liked the guy. If you want more pics of Butler and his dog, go to his Instagram page.

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He’s Crushing on a Louisville Cheerleader

While going through Butler’s Twitter feed, I saw that Butler was enamored by a Louisville cheerleader. Hopefully he stayed away from her DMs.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

1 Comment for Five Things You Need to Know About Rodney Butler

  1. Luether
    6:19 pm September 17, 2016 Permalink

    Louisville was simply awesome today against Fla State…