FOS Audio: Tackling Machine Buttle

Page through the Penn State record book, and you won't find many career marks that have lasted multiple decades. One of the exceptions is the standard for tackles, 343, which was established by linebacker Greg Buttle from 1973-75 and has never seriously been threatened. FOS recently caught up with Buttle to talk about his career, the current crop of PSU 'backers and more.

The 2005 campaign is the 31st anniversary of Buttle's outstanding junior year, when he set a single-season tackle mark (165) that may stand forever. That record was set in 11 regular-season games (the NCAA did not count bowl stats toward records in those days), and in the years since only safety Shawn Mayer (144 tackles in 2002) came anywhere close to 165. Buttle also had 140 stops in his senior season, 1975, before embarking on a nine-year career with the New York Jets.

The only person who came close to Buttle's PSU career tackles standard was linebacker Brian Gelzheiser (315, 1991-94), who Buttle affectionately calls “No. 2.” The duo were both on hand for Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile Golf Tournament last week, when Buttle took a few moments to talk to FOS (and poke a little fun at “No. 2”).

He also acknowledged that his career record might be in jeopardy from current Penn State linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor. Through two years in the program, Posluszny has 140 career tackles. Buttle had 38 a similar point of his career. And after one year in the program, Connor has 85 stops. Buttle did not play as a true freshman.

“Maybe one of these young kids will do it, and I'd love it,” Buttle said. “To me, records are made to be broken. I'd love for one of them to get it.”

Click on the audio file below for the entire Q&A.



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