Butler looking to kick-start career

Updated: June 20, 2003, 10:49 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
As Michael Jordan has shown us on more than one occasion, retirement is anything but a permanent condition. Such is the case with former Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler, who recently announced that five years away from the league was enough, and that he's ready to make a comeback.

Most players don't attempt to return to professional sports after the age of 40 (George Foreman being the obvious exception), but football kickers are a unique breed. They have the luxury of not having the same practice requirements as other players, and aren't asked to rely on speed, which diminishes with the passing of time.

With that in mind, Butler, who will turn 41 on July 24, has signed with a Chicago-based agent and is searching for a team to give him the chance to show that he's still got it.