football-fbs flag

Janie Harris | NCAA.com | May 3, 2017

Michigan's Jake Butt posts sixth-grade letter about becoming a pro football player

  Michigan's Jake Butt was picked up by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

About 10 years ago, a sixth-grade class listened to Greg Gillum, the director of player personnel and football operations at Ohio State, discuss his job in sports on career day. His speech inspired a student that had just finished his first year playing football to aim for a career as a professional athlete—you know this student as former Michigan tight end Jake Butt.

May 2, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT

Butt posted an image of the letter he wrote to Gillum after this career day speech on Tuesday, explaining a family friend had returned this keepsake to him.

In the letter, he wrote, “Thanks for the tips on how you don’t just need to be good at sports but also at school.”

And, it must have stuck with him. Butt graduated from Michigan with a degree in sociology and was honored as an Academic All-Big Ten athlete, meaning he produced a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Still, the letter is especially sweet since Butt is now beginning his career as a professional football player with the Denver Broncos after they picked him up in the fifth round of the draft.

While he did tear his ACL in the Orange Bowl this past season, he still managed to put up 546 receiving yards and four touchdowns during his senior year and looks to make a big impact for Denver once his knee recovers.

Women's college soccer: No. 3 UNC vs. No. 8 Clemson highlight games to watch this week

There are just a few games this whole season that will compare to Clemson-North Carolina as this ACC matchup will feature a historical program versus a program trying to compete in women college soccer's toughest conference. Clemson-UNC and more are covered in this week's preview.
READ MORE

8 women’s college cross country meets to watch in Week 2

Thirteen women's cross country top-30 teams will be participating in eight meets this weekend. Here are the main events to watch, and where to find each races' results.
READ MORE

College cross country: 4 men's meets to watch in Week 2

Men's cross country Week 2 features four important meets that will test nine of the top-30 teams in the country. Find out where each event will take place, and who will be participating.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners