BOURNE- From the day they picked up a football, the careers of Alex
and Walter Butler have been remarkably similar.
Alex is currently a 2nd Class Cadet in 3rd Company at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
is a Maritime Transportation major, squad leader and starting running back on the Buccaneers football team.
At the age of 7, Alex
put on his first football pads as a member of Bourne Pop Warner
, while 4-year-old Walter watched from the sidelines.
Mass. Maritime running back Alex Butler carries the ball for the Buccaneers.
is one of the top ball-carriers for the Bucs this fall.
Rarely had a season gone by when Alex
hadn't been selected as an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star.
Back together again, the two Bulters went to work setting new gridiron marks.
Both brothers became team captains and both were recipients of the highly prestigious Fall River Super Team Award given to the top 11 high school football players in southeastern Massachusetts.
The awards and recognition continued to come their way as the Spartans of Bishop Stang High School reached the Massachusetts High School Super Bowl Alex's senior year.
The next season, after Alex
left for college, Walter helped lead the Spartans to a 10-0 record.
helped bring lacrosse to Bishop Stang.
freshman season, along with other students interested in the sport, Alex
helped form a lacrosse club, which a year later became a varsity team.
roots in Bourne, Alex
came home in 2006 to play football at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
"I wanted something with a military atmosphere," Alex
In his third year at MMA, Alex is a squad leader working with the freshman and helping them adjust to the school and its lifestyle.
"I help them with what they need to know," Alex
, who had been the Buc's OLB, took over at running back.
"We switched positions is what happened," Alex
"When that injury happened they wanted someone with college game experience at running back."
"We had played both of those positions at Stang
," Walter added.
"It wasn't anything new."
Six games into the season, Alex
is the second-leading ball carrier on the team, rushing 49 times for 175 yards.
tops the list on kick-off returns with 14 for 199 yards.
"There is no denying that we're having a tough season," Alex
admitted, "but there are some good things going on.
"We really are a hard-working team," Alex
said of the Buccaneers.
"All our buddies, the kids that we grew up with, now come out to see our games," Alex
smiled, "and on a Friday after inspection I can just walk home."
"It's really nice to be home," Alex
added with a smile.