Offensive tackle Brad Butler told the Bills Thursday that he is retiring from professional football, the team announced.
Butler“We respect Brad’s decision to pursue the next chapter in his life. He has tremendous character and a very bright future in whatever career path he now chooses and we wish him all the best,” GM Buddy Nix said, according to a press release.
In a prepared statement given to the team, Butler said:
“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. 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.”