Meet Texas Stampede and USAWR Player Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler is one of three members of the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team who will compete at the 2017 Demolition Derby. Learn more about Jeff, and watch him play this weekend. #DemoDerby2017

You also have the chance to meet Jeff, get his autograph and see his Paralympic medal Friday, February 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by the Lakeshore Fieldhouse to meet the Rio 2016 players and watch some great wheelchair rugby.

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Age: 26

Team: Texas Stampede

Current Residence: Austin, TX

Classification: 0.5

Occupation: Software Developer

How many years have you played wheelchair rugby? 12

List teams you have played 0n: 

Indy Brawlers 2005 – 2010

Texas Stampede 2010 – 2017

USA Wheelchair Rugby Team 2015 – 2016

How many years have you competed at the Demolition Derby? 4

What is your favorite Demolition Derby memory? In 2015, the Texas Stampede won the Demolition Derby title, and we celebrated our victory at Jim n’ Nicks!

Top athletic achievements:

Silver medalist at Rio 2016 Paralympics

Silver medalist at Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games

Texas Stampede 2016 national champions

Made the all-tournament team (0.5) at 2016 Canada Cup

How did you get involved with wheelchair rugby? I was introduced to the sport through a family friend.

How old were you when you began playing? 15

Favorite quote: “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” –Mario Andretti

Favorite food/meal: Steak and potatoes

Favorite movie: The Fifth Element

Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning

Favorite band/musical artist: Ben Folds

Hobbies: Technology, live music, sports

Fun fact about yourself: I recently founded a software company called VIPatient.