Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Apollo Room/Endeavour Room
"5:30 p.m. Public Reception
Endeavour Room, Student Union
7 p.m. Lecture
Apollo Room, Student Union
Immediately following lecture
LeRoy Butler is a former NFL player who played strong safety his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). Since retiring, he has become a vocal advocate for underprivileged youth. Butler has helped raise money for women, men, and families affected by breast cancer.
As a child, Butler had problems that went beyond poverty and crime. He was born so pigeon-toed that doctors had to operate on both of his feet at the age of 8 months old to correct the deformity. It was a major struggle just to walk, and Butler spent much of his early youth in a wheelchair. Butler finally shed his leg braces when he was 8. Having been transformed from wheelchair-bound wallflower to speed demon virtually overnight, Butler was suddenly a star athlete. Always outspoken, ""I'll say certain things others wouldn't dare say,"" Butler told Tim Froberg of the Packer Report. He supports a number of organizations that work with disadvantaged young people. ""I'll never forget where I came from."" Butler told Froberg."