Kevin Butler to be honored on Saturday

ATHENS------- Former University of Georgia kicker Kevin Butler, who will become the first kicker ever inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in December, will be recognized for his selection prior to Saturday's game with Auburn in Sanford Stadium.

Butler and the rest of the  2001 class will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in December, 2001, during annual ceremonies at the Waldorff Astoria Hotel in New York City.

"I'm truly honored," said Butler.  "I have been extremely fortunate in being a member of some great teams from high school, to Georgia, to the NFL.  I owe a lot to so many people who have come my way, and especially to Coach (Vince) Dooley  and Coach (Bill) Hartman (kicking coach) at Georgia."

Butler, a graduate of Redan High School in Stone Mountain, was a two-time All-American (1983, '84) and three-time All-SEC first team selection.   He still holds the school record for career scoring with 353 points which also ranks second best in SEC history by any player--kickers and position players.

"Certainly Kevin Butler is a name that is synonomous with the placekicking position at both the college and professional levels," said UGA athletic director Vince Dooley who was Butler's coach at Georgia. "He could be the greatest college kicker of all time and was at his best in the big games.  Kevin is certainly deserving of this great honor."

He also still holds the school record for most field goals in a career with 77 and the longest field goal (60 yards vs. Clemson, 1984).  He kicked 11 career field goals over 50 yards including three over 55 yards and set an NCAA record with 27 multiple field-goal games.  Butler is still best remembered for his record 60-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to defeat Clemson in 1984.

Butler helped lead Georgia to a 38-8-2 record between 1981-84, two SEC titles, and appearances in two Sugar Bowls, one Cotton Bowl, and one Citrus Bowl.  He was a member of the All-Century teams selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Illustrated, and ABC Sports.

He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1985 NFL draft and during his 11-year career in the Windy City he set 19 club records including career points (1,116), career field goals (243), career extra points (387), and longest field goal (55 yards).  In 1989, he set a then-NFL record 24 straight field goals without a miss.  In 1985, he set a rookie record with 144 points breaking the mark previoulsy held by Bear running back Gale Sayers.  That same year, he kicked three field goals in Super Bowl XX as the Bears defeated the New England Patriots.

He finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996 and '97 after compiling 1,208 points, sixth most in NFL history among kickers.

Butler is the 13th Georgia coach or athlete to be inducted into the College Hall of Fame.  The Bulldogs have had six elected to the Hall of Fame in the last eight years:  Vince Dooley, 1994; Wally Butts, 1996; Bill Stanfill, 1998; Herschel Walker, 1999; and Terry Hoage, 2000.


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