Ian "Rocky" Butler

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Ian "Rocky" Butler

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Ian "Rocky" Butler (born August 7, 1979 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a free agent quarterback who last played professionally in the Canadian Football League.

College career

He attended college at Hofstra University, where he started two seasons at Quarterback. He finished second in 2001 for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division 1-AA football.

CFL career

Rocky Butler was signed as a free agent by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 23, 2002. He was the fourth-string quarterback that year. But after a bizarre rash of injuries to all three of Saskatchewan's roster quarterbacks, Butler earned his first CFL start in the 2002 Labour Day Classic against the powerful Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Although he only completed 9 of 16 passes for 165 yards that day, he rushed for three touchdowns and helped the Riders score a convincing upset victory. He failed to duplicate that success in his next two CFL appearances (both in Week 1 of the 2004 CFL season when starter Nealon Greene broke his leg and the Riders had to play two games in five days), and he has been the Roughriders' third-string quarterback ever since. However, in 2006, Kerry Joseph, the Riders starting quarterback, had been injured and was unable to start a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, backup Marcus Crandell was injured early in the game, and Rocky Butler pulled off two more wins against the struggling Tiger-Cats 43-13 and 51-8 and threw for five touchdowns and ran for two...
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