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Butler has message for graduates

Updated: May 19, 2011, 2:44 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

NFL players have more free time this offseason, the lockout opening opportunities for them to do things they otherwise wouldn't. For New England Patriots cornerback Darius Butler, that meant taking center stage as one of the featured speakers at University of Fort Lauderdale graduation ceremonies on Sunday.

He came prepared with notes, with plans to quote Vince Lombardi and Abraham Lincoln, only to scrap them at the last moment. Butler ultimately decided to speak from his heart.

"Once ...

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