James Butler played defensive back for the New York Giants, wearing the jersey number 37, between the years 2005 and 2008. Playing safety in a stellar collegiate career at Georgia Tech University, Butler joined New York as an undrafted free agent in 2005.
The tall (6' 3") safety would see plenty of action as a rookie, getting into 16 regular season games and starting in one of them. He played well in first NFL season, gathering 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery and 30 solo tackles.
Butler's sophomore campaign as a Giant saw him spend much time on special teams, putting up similar tackle stats as his rookie year.
2007 would be somewhat of a breakout season for Butler as he saw more action at the strong safety position, both during the regular season, and on the Giants run to the Super Bowl Championship that season. During the regular season, Butler notched a very healthy 61 combined tackles and one interception with seven passes defended.
In Super Bowl XLII, Butler led all New York Giants in tackles with 11 total and 10 solo.