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Greatest Kansas Football Players Bracket: Mike Butler vs Charles Gordon

(10) Mike Butler vs (23) Charles Gordon

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(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.  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.)  For more on Butler's professional career, this is a good read.

(23) Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon was basically Aqib Talib before Aqib Talib got to KU.  Gordon was one of Mangino's earliest recruiting finds, and he blossomed in his three year career in Lawrence.  Playing WR and CB from 2003-2005, he led the nation in INTs his sophomore season before helping to lead KU to the Fort Worth Bowl win over Houston in his junior campaign.  Gordon was first team All-Big 12 his sophomore and junior seasons.  In his career, Gordon caught 106 passes for 1232 yards and 9 TDs while adding 9 INTs in 37 total games.  He was also the key figure involved in the play that sparked Mark Mangino's famous "Dollar Signs" press conference.  (No way did he push off.)

Gordon declared for the 2006 NFL Draft after his junior season but was not selected.  He signed a free agent deal with Minnesota Vikings.  After initially going on the practice squad, he was added to the active roster in November of 2006.  Gordon broke his leg during a punt return against the Green Bay Packers in November 2008, was placed on injured reserve, and retired shortly afterward.  At last check, he was an assistant coach at Northern Colorado.


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