Bob Butler
Bob Butler

 

     

1960:  5th Place in State in the high jump

Bob Butler (1960)

Bob Butler was a three-sport standout for Champaign. Butler earned two varsity letters in football, three in basketball and three in track. In football, Bob played running back alongside Hall of Famers "Squirt" Smith and Charles Hursey. Bob also kicked for the Maroons. In his senior season, Butler's three touchdowns led a furious 24-16 come-from-behind Homecoming victory over Stephen Decatur. His elusiveness and style made it difficult for opposing defenses to bring him down. He earned All-Conference honors and was named News Gazette Honorable Mention All-State. In basketball, Butler was named All-State by the Chicago Daily News, Chicago American, and The News-Gazette and played in the North-South All-Star game. Bob led the Big 12 Conference in scoring his senior year, totaling 494 points for the season, averaging 19 points per game. He also shot 82% from the free throw line and led the Maroons in rebounding, hauling down 243 boards, averaging 9.4 per game. In track, as a junior, Butler helped the Maroons win the Big 12 Conference title and as a senior Bob placed fifth in the high jump at the state meet. He received the Seely Johnston Outstanding Athlete Award. Following graduation Butler attended the University of Wisconsin.