Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing a 2016 top 10-linebacker draft prospect. While he’s talented on the field and will most assuredly play in the NFL someday, he is also a great person.
When it comes to college and professional athletes there is so much emphasis put on talent and athleticism. While possessing those two particular qualities is great, being a good and decent person is often overlooked. If I were the coach of a football team, I’d take a less naturally gifted athlete who is a great person over a phenom who has no manners or class.
Luckily with Larry D. Butler III you don’t have to make that choice.
Even though Larry is ranked as one of the top 10 linebacker prospects for next year, he doesn’t stress about draft stock. I asked if he felt any added pressure for the upcoming season and this is what he had to say:
“I feel like I have the skill set and the ability to go out there and perform at a high level each and every time I step on the field”
Larry also describes himself as a versatile athlete that can shoot the gaps, cover just about anybody, has the speed to play sideline to sideline, and is a balanced player. He also says that his game translates very well to the next level and that he has experience playing multiple styles of defenses.
All of these athletic qualities will certainly aid him on his journey to the NFL, but it was his confidence, self-assuredness, quiet strength, and overall friendliness that made me realize he is going to make it. I doubt Larry would accept anything less.
Larry doesn’t describe himself as superstitious but he does like to pray before every game, specifically that he’ll remain injury free. He also likes to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before every game.
As a kid Larry looked up to Terrell Owens since their childhoods were so similar. He also looked up to Sean Taylor and would try to emulate his style of play.
He doesn’t identify with any one NFL team, but describes himself as a “fan of great football” and when Monday Night Football rolls around he doesn’t care who is playing, he’s going sit down and watch it.
When asked if he felt like there was NFL team that would be a best fit for him he responded that:
“I would be honored to play for any team, any city in America, but an organization like the Patriots – they set the bar so high and the consistent winning that they’ve had the last 15 years almost it would be an honor to play for them but I’m really open to playing for any team that would just give me a shot I feel blessed and be honored to have that”
I knew I liked him! Anybody that likes my Patriots is a good person in my book.
In all seriousness though, that last quote is another example of why Larry will succeed in his endeavors. He’s thankful for what he has in life, which means he isn’t going to take his opportunities for granted. That is the perfect recipe for success if I’ve ever seen one.
It was a pleasure to interview and get to know a little bit about Larry D. Butler III. I hope it was for you as well. I encourage you to follow him on Twitter. You can find him @_KingButler3
Also, go watch his highlight video on YouTube. You can find it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNrYfAbmsFo
He is definitely someone to keep on your watchlist, he’s on mine! It’ll be awesome to watch next year’s draft and be able to really root someone on. And hey – maybe my Pats will grab him. Larry would look great in red, white, and blue.
Questions? Comments? You can find me on Twitter @PatsFanGirl12. I welcome all conversations in 140 characters or less.