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Butler on graduation speech & CB spot

5/19/2011

Patriots cornerback Darius Butler has been spending the majority of his offseason in Fort Lauderdale, working out with other NFL players as he prepares for his third NFL season. Like all players, he has had more free time because of the NFL lockout, which was a factor in agreeing to be a featured speaker at University of Fort Lauderdale graduation ceremonies last Friday.

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Butler shares his thoughts on the experience.

"I don't have a problem answering questions, like a Q&A, or speaking in front of a camera where 10 million people can watch, but this was a lot different," he said. "I'm not used to talking to people like that, but it was a real good experience."

Butler added that he planned to quote Vince Lombardi and Abraham Lincoln in his speech, but in the moment, he scrapped his prepared speech and spoke from the heart.

In the ESPNBoston.com piece, Butler also discussed the challenge ahead at the cornerback spot after the Patriots selected Ras-I Dowling in the second round (33rd overall).

"My thoughts are that you can never have enough corners and competition makes everyone better," he said. "There are a lot of capable guys back there that I'm sure will jump in there and compete. Then the best two will be on the field."