Eau Claire (WQOW) – Former Green Bay Packers star LeRoy Butler visited several schools on Wednesday, but he didn’t talk about his ‘Lambeau Leap,’ it was so much more than that.
Students at Fall Creek Middle-High School said Butler’s speech was inspirational.
“When people try and take you down a peg or try and kick you when you’re down, just be yourself, don’t listen to them, believe in your dreams,” said Hayden Goodman, a student at Fall Creek High School
Butler’s speech was all about how important teachers are in a child’s life, and for kids to have positive role models. He said he would not be where he is without his faith, his mother and teachers.
“Fifty percent of my speech is dedicated to my teachers. If it weren’t for my teachers I would not be giving this interview today. They don’t do it for the money, they do it because they love kids, and my mom was my role model, she was everything to me,” Butler said.
“I do have a lot of teachers in my life that have personally helped me become better than before,”
said Logan Gilles, a student at Fall Creek High School.
“Always keep going and don’t stop at whatever you want to do,” said another student Alex Sackett.
Butler said during his speech that he grew up in poverty, he wore a leg brace at one point and was even wheelchair-bound.
Butler said it is important not to forget where you come from.
“I think it shapes you as a person, as a man, especially when you see people that look up to you, you know, I don’t want to be number one on your role model list, I want to be like number five, number six, maybe number 10. Your grandparents, your teachers, your mom, your dad, I just don’t want to be number one,” Butler said.
“I thought it was an incredible message, and for Mr. Butler to come here and share his personal experiences and motivation to keep going and work through things, and be a leader in our
schools is a great message for our students,” said Brad Ceranski, the principal at Fall Creek High School.
Butler will speak to students in Altoona on Thursday.