Jerry Butler, one of the original speakers at Niagara '93, has recently concluded 25 years as a Director of Player Development for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. He also coached wide receivers for the Cleveland Browns.
Butler was one of the most productive receivers in the NFL during his nine-year (1979-1987) playing career. When Butler retired from the Bills following the 1987 season, he held several of the club’s all-time receiving marks. Buffalo’s first -round draft choice in 1979, Butler received numerous accolades and awards, including recognition as the AFC Offensive Rookie-of-the -Year in 1979 and earned a Pro-Bowl selection in 1980.
Butler was also an outstanding performer at Clemson University. He was an All-American choice as a senior and was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1977, he was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame and in 2016 received the Clemson University Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award.
Butler has established himself as a community leader. He was the Buffalo Bills-NFL “Man of Year” in 1981 and 1982, Buffalo Bills Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 1985, and honored in 1983 by the Buffalo and Erie County YMCA with the Jackie Robinson Award.