Bills OT Brad Butler informed the team Thursday that he is retiring from football at age 26.
"I would like to thank Mr. (Ralph) Wilson, my teammates and the entire Bills Nation for giving me the opportunity to represent the Buffalo Bills for the past four years," Butler said in a prepared statement. "Playing in the National Football League has been a tremendous opportunity and a great blessing. However, my passion for education, country and community is something that I am ready to devote my full attention to. I believe the best way to pursue these spheres of interest is to step away from the game of football at this point in my life. I will always remember my time spent in Western New York with great affection. I wish my teammates and Bills fans the best of luck next season and into the future.”
Butler, a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2006, played in 33 games during his four seasons, starting 31. However, he played in just two games during the '09 season after suffering a torn ACL in Week Two. The team's starting right tackle, Butler's loss leaves a thin offensive line even more in need of help this offseason.
"We respect Brad’s decision to pursue the next chapter in his life," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "He has tremendous character and a very bright future in whatever career path he now chooses, and we wish him all the best.”