Each week we will feature a college football player who is either a member or an officer in a Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
College: University of Arizona
Height, weight, class, position: 5-7, 187 pounds, redshirt junior, running back
High School: De La Salle, Concord, California
About Kylan Butler: Vice President of the newly formed Uplifting Athletes Chapter at the University of Arizona, Butler has been a special teams standout and part-time running back for the Wildcats. As a junior he played in all 12 games and made a huge play on special teams in the victory over Utah. Scored his first collegiate touchdown earlier this season. Played at one of the biggest name high school programs in the country at De La Salle in California.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Butler: My favorite of game day is running out on the field for opening kickoff. The crowd really turns up for the hit squad.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Butler: Last year when we won the New Mexico Bowl.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Butler: I did work with our local hospital before and the strength those kids show at such a young age really makes you see the real human strength. These young kids fighting against cancer so fearlessly drove me to become apart of uplifting athletes.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Butler: Toughest team we faced would have to be Oregon. There offensive scheme and team speed present a challenge for anyone.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Butler: General Studies with a focus in Human Understanding and Social Behavior. A class that I often reflect on with uplifting athletes was one I took called ” Caring in the World” it focused on how often times people show care to elevate their status or gain some kind of profit from others suffers. A lot of had to do with photographers either taking pictures of African children that photographers rarely helped afterwards or photos from the earthquakes in Giana. It’s something that I always keep it mind, that our chapter of uplifting athletes is about the people affect because this decease and not Arizona Football itself.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
Butler: I have a passion for football and want to pursue college coaching as a career.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
Butler: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manizel.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Butler: Maurice Jones-Drew. He is one of the top NFL runners and he went to my high school (De La Salle) and helped mentor me while I played there.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Butler: We choose Cystic fibrosis simply for one reason only “Andrew.” We could probably found another disease to make our cause but once we heard Andrew’s story of him having this disease losing he mother and his father working for our university and in the athletic building. We knew this was the disease we wanted to lead our cause.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Butler: Cal. Because that is home for me I love playing in front of my family and back in the area I’m from.