Darius Butler was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (41st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/13/09).
2010 (15/3, 1/0)
- Played in 15 games with three starts, playing on defense and special teams and finishing the 2010 season with 28 tackles (26 solo) and six passes defensed.
- Started the first two games at cornerback and vs. N.Y. Jets (12/6) in the nickel defense.
- Tallied a season-high eight tackles and one pass defensed vs. Cincinnati (9/12).
2009 (14/5, 1/0)
- Played in 14 games with five starting assignments and finished with 33 tackles, three interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, and eight passes defensed. Also returned five kicks for 104 yards, including a 26-yard return at Houston (1/3).
- Started at cornerback vs. Tennessee (10/8), vs. Miami (11/8) and at Miami (12/6) and started when the Patriots opened in a nickel defense at New Orleans (11/30) and at Houston (1/3).
- Intercepted the first two passes of his career in back-to-back games vs. Tennessee (10/8) and at Tampa Bay (10/25) in London's Wembley Stadium.
- Registered his first career interception return for a touchdown when he returned a pick 91 yards for score in the regular-season finale at Houston (1/3). It marked the fourth longest interception return in franchise history.
- In the Patriots' 27-21 win vs. Baltimore (10/4), hit Derrick Mason to break up a pass on third-and-four in the final minute of the game, forcing the Ravens into a last-chance fourth-down try.
- Scooped up his first career interception in the Patriots 59-0 victory vs. Tennessee (10/8), grabbing a Kerry Collins pass, positioning the Patriots for a touchdown drive in the second quarter.
- Played in a reserve role in the Patriots post-season game vs. Baltimore (1/10) and finished with three total tackles and returned four kicks for 72 yards, including a 42-yard return in the third quarter.
- A two-year team captain who started all of his 45 career games played at cornerback.
- Earned first-team All-BIG East honors at cornerback during his senior season
- Tallied 180 career tackles (125 solo).
- Grabbed 10 career interceptions with 213 return yards and two touchdowns.
- Returned 35 career kickoffs for 895 yards and one touchdown.
- As a senior in 2008, played in 10 games and had 40 tackles, including three for a loss.
- Earned the team's Kendall Madison Award for being a strong team player.
- Saw his first time on offense as a wide receiver and had nine receptions on the year for 123 yards and one touchdown.
- Earned the offensive game ball in a win over Louisville as he had three receptions for 40 yards and the first touchdown reception of his career.
- Had a touchdown run of 13 yards against Virginia.
- Darius J. Butler was born on March 18, 1986.
- One of eight siblings.
- The first student-athlete to ever sign a national letter of intent from Coral Springs Charter.
- Listed amongst the top 20 recruits in talent-rich Broward County by the Miami Herald despite not playing football until his junior year.
- Playing quarter-back in an option offense, he both rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards in 2003 while also starting at safety on defense.
- Uncle, Gene Atkins, played in the NFL from 1987-96 with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.
- Cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee, an All-American at Miami in 2002 .
- Majored in sociology at Connecticut.
- Butler's uncle, Gene Atkins, played in the NFL from 1987-96 with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.
- Cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee, an All-American at Miami in 2002.
- Former NFL standout Deion Sanders sought out Butler during his senior season at UConn to take part in a training camp called "Prime U" to help train for the NFL Combine in Carrolton, Texas.
- Darius has seven siblings.