Flights’ defensive lineman honored for community service

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Tennessee defensive lineman Matthew Butler has been named to the 2021 SEC Community Service Football team, which is made up of athletes from every school who give back to their community through their service.

He was also nominated for the annual Wuerffel Trophy awarded to the college football player who “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and athletic achievement,” as well as the NFL Foundation’s William V. Campbell Award, dubbed the ” Academic Heisman ”.

Butler has been an anchor for the Volunteer defense and the entire program. He volunteered with a number of fundraising organizations and events throughout his time in Knoxville. Some of these organizations are Emerald Youth Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Clinic, Race Against Racism, Read to Lead, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

They added that he was a member of the VOLeaders Academy 4.0 cohort which traveled to Rwanda for a cultural immersion and service trip in 2019. For his super senior season in 2021, Butler leads the defensive line with 43 tackles. in total, second of the team with 5 sacks and 6 quarterbacks hurries.

His dominance on the court has also transferred to the classroom, Butler received a 2021 NCAA Graduate Scholarship, he is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a three-time winner of the first academic team of the CoSIDA district. After completing his baccalaureate in winter 2020, he is preparing for his master’s degree in political science.

Jill E. Washington