The creator of the Lambeau Leap urged students to go to school to learn, and offered advice for those dealing with bullies.
Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler spoke to Cambria-Friesland middle and high school students on Tuesday, sharing stories about his childhood and career to help deliver a message about bullying. He said he speaks to quite a few students, and that, “A lot of people think I was born a Green Bay Packer.”
He told students he grew up in a poor neighborhood in Jacksonville, Fla., and spent a good part of his youth in leg braces or a wheelchair while undergoing therapy for a club foot. He said he rode to school on a short bus. Each day when he arrived, three guys would be waiting there to pick on him.
Butler said some kids go to school not to learn, but to be bullies. They use their power to pick on the weak. He said his oldest brother told him that if you make fun of yourself and laugh at everything, you can shut down the negative.
“It dawned on me that I wanted to be a leader, not a follower,” Butler said.
He said he learned how to be a comedian. Eventually when he ignored the bullies, it took their power away and they began to leave him alone.
“You have to be thick-skinned in this world,” Butler said. “Don’t give them the power.”
Butler said he grew up wanting to be a professional football player, and found success by making good choices in his friends.
“The guys I hung out with, they have to think like me,” Butler said.
Butler told students the knowledge offered at school is free. All they have to do is listen to their teachers. Butler brought copies of his book “The LeRoy Butler Story ... From Wheelchair to the Lambeau Leap,” and autographed copies for those who bought them. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the LeRoy Butler Foundation, which offers women going through breast cancer treatment financial assistance so they can focus on healing.
To learn more about the LeRoy Butler Foundation visit http://lbf36.org/.
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Posted By: Turnback |
5/28/13 3:05 PM
Leroy Butler is the definition of a leader and he stands up for what is right
Posted By: gate14 |
5/29/13 3:56 PM
If he didnt make good choices the NFL would have never welcomed him with open arms