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Michigan's Jake Butt Thanks Former Ohio State Staffer For Inspiring His Football Career

Michigan tight end Jake Butt looking off into the distance.


Jake Butt is heading to the NFL after an illustrious Michigan football career, and he gives some of the credit to a former Ohio State football staffer.

Butt, who was taken by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of last weekend's NFL Draft, had a very cool post on Instagram on Tuesday night: a letter that he wrote to an Ohio State football staffer as a sixth grader coming off of his first season of football.

Greg Gillum, who served as director of player personnel and football operations under Jim Tressel, spoke to the class of the Pickerington, Ohio native back in 2007. It was then that Butt realized that he wanted to be a professional football player.

After achieving that goal, Butt posted the letter that he wrote to Gillum just under a decade ago after that speech.

Rivalry aside, that is an extremely cool throwback post from Butt, and the rare one that both Buckeyes and Wolverines should be able to appreciate.

Butt's senior season was unfortunately cut a bit short, when he tore his ACL during Michigan's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. The injury likely cost him some serious draft stock this weekend, but he has a chance to make a big impact for the Broncos once he's fully recovered.

Butt caught 46 passes for 546 yards and four touchdowns last season. He finished his Michigan career with 138 receptions for 1,646 yards and 11 touchdowns.