Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Feb 2010

Brad Butler Retires

Well, that's unexpected. Bills tackle Brad Butler retired today at the age of 26; Butler tore his ACL in 2009, but the injury wasn't expected to be career-ending.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 18 Feb 2010

14 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2010, 9:44am by Pat (filler)


by jebmak :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:13pm

Some angry posting on that discussion thread.

by dmb :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:39pm

If you think that Brad Butler link has a lot of animosity, check out this one.

by malcomzion (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:38pm

This is the first in a long line of young player retirements in the next couple of years, I bet. This is clearly a thoughtful guy, and for some people the thrill of the game is not worth the increasingly well-understood health consequences. This is especially true since he is still young enough to have a full career in another field and has made enough money to live happily and comfortably for the rest of his life.

Good for him.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:37am

Agreed. Much respect.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by Pat (filler) (not verified) :: Sat, 02/20/2010 - 9:44am

and has made enough money to live happily and comfortably for the rest of his life.

Well... maybe. He had just signed a contract extension, which the Bills have every right to try to recover most of it. Which means he'll probably end up only having made a few million, which is enough money to live on, but only if he manages it well.

by edulus (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 8:21pm

another uva guy retires early.

by justanothersteve :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 11:26pm

So much for the vaunted spam filter.

by Independent George :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 2:35am

I think the next Terminator installment should detail the origins of Skynet as a spambot that continues to grow in complexity until it achieves self-awareness. Only instead of launching a nuclear war, it collapses the global economy when everyone's bank accounts are emptied overnight for discount Viagra, Ugg boots, and Nigerian email scams.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:37am


"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:15am

what do you mean so much for vaunted spam fitler.?

by CandlestickPark :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 9:40am

It's really scary reading that PFT thread.

Way, way, way too many sports fans in this country think that athletes solely exist for their amusement and whatever personal considerations they have are secondary to what the fans want.

by T. Diddy :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:02pm

Especially as it pertains to salaries.

When a player holds out for a bigger salary: "He's lucky to get paid to play football! What a jerk, to demand more money!"

When a player retires early to do something else: "He was lucky to get paid to play football! What a jerk, to walk away from that money."

by Treima (not verified) :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 4:59pm

Also consider that PFT's comment threads are hardly the place for intellectual discussion about anything. It's all just trash talk and e-peen wagging.

by CandlestickPark :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:05pm

I'd feel better if I didn't hear people on more refined boards calling Grant Desme an idiot for quittng baseball to join the priesthood. Because they know more about Grant Desme (someone who 98% of the baseball world had never heard of) than Grant Desme.