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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time Bracket: Aqib Talib vs Mike Butler

(7) Aqib Talib vs (10) Mike Butler

NCAA Football - Iowa State vs Kansas - November 26, 2005 Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images

Aqib Talib moved into the Round of 64 via an 8-0 shutout of teammate Anthony Collins, while Mike Butler moved past Charles Gordon by a close 5-4 count.

(7) Aqib Talib

Talib suited up for the Jayhawks at WR and CB from 2005-07. Although he would only spend three years in Lawrence, it was a great time to be a KU football fan. He led the country in passes defended as a sophomore in 2006, and was named first team All-Big 12 in both 2006 and 2007, as well as first team All-American in 2007 and the 2008 Orange Bowl MVP. Talib is second in KU history in career INTs with 13.

Talib was drafted 20th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has since suited up for the Bucs, Patriots, and now the Broncos. Talib was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He helped lead the Denver Broncos to their Super Bowl title his past season. He has 30 career INTs in 107 games played.

(10) Mike Butler

Butler played along the defensive line for the Jayhawks from 1973-76. His junior season he was named first team All-Big 8 as he helped lead Kansas to the 1975 Sun Bowl. Following his senior campaign, Butler was drafted 9th overall by the Green Bay Packers, making him one of five Jayhawks ever taken in the Top 10 of an NFL Draft.

Butler became an immediate starter at DE with the Packers, where spent seven seasons. He would spend two years of his professional career in the USFL before returning to Green Bay for one season in 1985 after the USFL folded. (The USFL offered guaranteed contracts when the NFL generally did not, so even though Green Bay offered the same amount, Butler's USFL offer was guaranteed.)


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