As time passed, all of the team's founders except Butara were benched in favor of better players. And though Butara is running on surgically scarred knees and developing a paunch, he doesn't plan to step down soon. Among the young speedsters who dominate flag football, Butara still shines. "Everybody thinks talent and speed win," he says, "but experience counts as much."
Which isn't to say Butara lacks talent. He is quick and agile, and he can sling 60-yard bombs or short lobs. "As I've gotten older, I've developed other strengths," he says. One of these is smarts. He is so adept at spotting defensive weaknesses that he calls most plays at the line of scrimmage. His grimaces and grunts might make you think he had had enough. But he hasn't. "I can't give up," says Butara, who takes his family to every game. "This is the only hobby I have."
Butara has a mantel full of awards, and in 1990 he was enshrined in the USFTL Hall of Fame. "There's nothing else to win," he admits. Except maybe the next showdown with Staubach.