February 9, 2008
Bainbridge -- Super Bowl fever continues to grip South Georgia, as Giants safety James Butler returned to his high school alma mater Saturday.
An estimated crowd of over 500 swarmed Bainbridge high school, offering congratulations, and seeking autographs from the former Bearcat.
The crowd was almost twice the population of his hometown of Climax.
Butler is the first native-son of Climax to play in a Super Bowl, leading New York with eleven tackles in their upset win over New England.
The autograph session running well over the hour it was scheduled, as fans patiently waiting their turn with the champion.
Butler says he's impressed with the reaction from his hometown fans.
"It's a great turnout," says Butler. "I'm excited. I'm excited me and my teammates can bring a championship back to Bainbridge, and share it with Bainbridge, and Climax, and the whole area. It's an exciting moment."
"It's amazing to see so many people," says his mother, Nadine Butler.
James Butler Sr. says, "It's more than we expected. And all the calls, and congratulations. I think Climax is great."
Butler's eleven tackles in the Super Bowl were a career high.