Butler was a defensive back for the Generals before graduating and moving on to play safety for the Florida State Seminoles. At Florida State he started for 3 seasons accounting for 194 tackles and 9 interceptions. In 1990 Butler was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 48th pick (2nd round) of the NFL Draft. Butler played for the Packers from 1990 to 2001 where he accumulated 953 tackles, 38 interceptions 12 fumble recoveries, 20.5 sacks and 3 defensive touchdowns. Along with his Super Bowl XXXI ring with the '96 Packers Butler won numerous awards for his playing days in the NFL earning 5 All-Pro selections, 4 Pro Bowl selections, was selected to the NFL 1990 All-Decade team, and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Butler is credited with inventing the "Lambeau Leap" after jumping up into the arms of fans following a touchdown in 1993.
Competing for the Generals in 1967 Ball won the 2A Florida State Championship in the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard breaststroke events, setting state records in both events. She went on to win 3 gold medals at the 1967 Pan-American Games in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and as the breaststroke leg of the United States' 4x100m Medley Relay team. Ball set world records in each event at the Pan-American Games. In 1968 Ball qualified and swam for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she won a gold medal as a part of the 4x100m medley relay team. After graduation from Robert E. Lee Senior High School she attended the University of Florida. In 1972-1973 she became the University of Florida's first women's swim coach, where she coached for one season. In 1973 she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Florida.