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Seniors Committee nominees named for 2012 HOF class

Every year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee names up to two finalists for consideration along with the 15 modern-era candidates.  In many years, both of the Seniors Committee nominees end up getting in.

This year, the two Seniors Committee nominees are former Steelers cornerback Jack Butler (pictured) and former Redskins and Lions guard Dick Stanfel.  Both were members of the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1950s.

Stanfel was a nominee of the Seniors Committee in 1993.  Bob Hayes was a nominee in 2004 and again in 2009, when he finally got enough votes for enshrinement.

There was some thought that former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, who was nominated by the Seniors Committee but not inducted in 1997, would be one of the two nominees this year.

The Seniors Committee has been responsible for the induction of men like John Madden, George Allen, Dick LeBeau, Hank Stram, and Fritz Pollard.

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28 Responses to “Seniors Committee nominees named for 2012 HOF class”
  1. hailvictory10 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    MAN…..there are SO MANY Redskins in the Hall of Fame lately,

    I heard the are going to rename it:

    “HAIL of Fame”


  2. madenatewell says: Aug 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    WOOO! Go old dudes!

  3. stavreafavre says: Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM

    And they still haven’t put in Jerry Kramer, a member of the NFL’s 50th anniversary team – and the only guy on that team not yet in Canton. Unfreakinbelievable.

  4. nyctexan says: Aug 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    Glad they have the Senior Committee do this… now will the “modern era” dudes please nominate CHARLES. FREAKIN. HALEY.

  5. radrntn says: Aug 24, 2011 4:00 PM

    ok, if you say so. I would ask my dad if he remembers these guys, but he died a long time ago.

  6. hotep999 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:03 PM

    Sources report Bill Belichick says, “Seniors Committee nominees are a waist of time”.

  7. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 24, 2011 4:09 PM

    Jerry Kramer was voted the best Offensive Guard in the First 50 Years of the NFL.

    The best in 50 years. 5 World Championships.

    Jerry wrote the famous bestseller Instant Replay. He followed it up with Distant Replay.

    He has done so much for Pro Football and the NFL I just can’t understand why he is not in!

    There are players in the Hall of Fame that never played a down in the NFL! It just isn’t right that Canadian players like Warren Moon get in but Jerry Kramer is not.

  8. nyctexan says: Aug 24, 2011 4:32 PM

    Why so many thumbs down on my Charles Haley post? I’m telling Charles.

  9. childressrulz says: Aug 24, 2011 4:36 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. Jerry Kramer should be in the HOF! Stand up guy as well.

  10. otistaylor89 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:58 PM

    I get it, Jerry Kramer doesn’t get in because there are too many from the 60’s Packers. It’s wrong, but I get it.

    But who are Dick Stanfel and Jack Butler?

    Dick Stanfel played 7 seasons(!!!) 73 games, which would be 4 1/2 seasons now.

  11. bisonhead33 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:03 PM

    And again Jerry Kramer is left out. What a travesty! This is just flat out wrong.

  12. mikebyrne1502 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:08 PM

    Don Coreyell

  13. kane337 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:31 PM

    They need to be nominating Tommy Nobis.

  14. hailvictory10 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:45 PM


    Could not agree more!!!!

    He was the man who The greatest coach on earth, JOE GIBBS, learned from

  15. kagger007 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:16 PM

    Jerry Kramer is a victim not only of being a guard on a team already full of Hall of Famers, but he also leveraged his status as a football player before it came encouraged to do so. By writing Instant replay, and his other books, he made himself into a media personality. Now, the likes of Primetime Deion Sanders, that is not only allowed but encouraged.

  16. raynman49 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:35 PM

    I’ll bet you’re barely 20 years old, if that. Have a little respect . Believe it or not, you will be old and forgotten someday. When you mention Michael Vick to your grandchildren, I hope you remember your attitude to the oldtimers when they laugh at you, Grampa!

  17. packfaninpackland says: Aug 24, 2011 6:55 PM

    Two guys who MOST PEOPLE never heard of (Jack Butler and Dick Stanfel) get nominated, but NOT the guy that was an ALL-PRO 5 times, and played on 5 World Championship Teams.

    Go figure.

  18. samoanjungle says: Aug 24, 2011 7:21 PM

    Ken Anderson Please

  19. steeltownpride says: Aug 24, 2011 7:27 PM

    I feel for Packers fans and Jerry Kramer . Its been that way for years with the 70’s Steelers . To many are in and many others deserve to be in but arent . Andy Russell , L C Greenwood and Donnie Shell are a few of them .

  20. hobartbaker says: Aug 24, 2011 8:18 PM

    Playing his entire career with the foam “Cheesehead” helmet, Jack Butler laughs at ridiculous posers like James Harrison with their Macho Man routines.

  21. hobartbaker says: Aug 24, 2011 8:53 PM

    Some old time fans can remember back to the time of leather helmets. But few, if any, can remember the “woollen knit” helmet era that Jack played in.

  22. crabwalk says: Aug 24, 2011 9:02 PM

    Hey, Stanfel was Saints head coach for two seconds in the 1-15 season. Rickey Jackson’s getting company in the hall!

  23. dickmac says: Aug 24, 2011 9:42 PM

    I think that Jack Butler played at St Bonaventure when Art Rooney’s brother, Silas Rooney OFM, was the athletic director at the Franciscan school. For some reason, the Steelers hled their training camp there in those days.

  24. popolover says: Aug 24, 2011 11:18 PM

    For those of you who need educated on Jack Butler:

    then you can comment.

  25. axespray says: Aug 25, 2011 12:23 AM

    steeltownpride says:Aug 24, 2011 7:27 PM
    “I feel for Packers fans and Jerry Kramer . Its been that way for years with the 70′s Steelers . To many are in and many others deserve to be in but arent . Andy Russell , L C Greenwood and Donnie Shell are a few of them .”

    LC ain’t in the Hall?
    dang, …
    That makes Ken Anderson, Jerry Kramer, LC Greenwood, Cris Carter, Charles Hayley….
    ‘nough said.

  26. bachslunch says: Aug 25, 2011 8:54 AM

    Excellent choices again this year for the second year in a row after a mostly bad run of candidates prior.

    Those complaining about short careers for Butler and Stanfel should be aware that this was a common occurrence before the 1960s, when the pay got somewhat better. And in Butler’s case, his career started late (likely because of military service or something similar) and ended prematurely because of a knee injury.

    And one likely reason Stanfel got nominated this year rather than Jerry Kramer is that his career started and ended before Kramer’s. In other words, we’re talking a seniority thing. But I fully agree that Kramer is also deserving — and unfortunately, the deserving Senior backlog is horrendously long.

    Agreed also that Ken Anderson and L.C. Greenwood, among many others, deserve to be in the HoF. Hopefully, their time will come. It’s tough to get all the deserving folks in when you can only nominate two per year.

  27. bachslunch says: Aug 26, 2011 12:15 PM

    Re this comment: “Two guys who MOST PEOPLE never heard of (Jack Butler and Dick Stanfel) get nominated, but NOT the guy that was an ALL-PRO 5 times, and played on 5 World Championship Teams.”

    I too would like to see Jerry Kramer get elected to the HoF, but note well that Dick Stanfel was also a 1st team all pro 5 times, went to 5 pro bowls, and is on the 50s all-decade team, plus Stanfel played for two Detroit teams that were NFL champs. Stanfel has excellent HoF credentials as well, and both he and Jack Butler very much deserve to be “heard of.” The list of deserving Senior-eligible players is extremely long, sorry to say. Hopefully, Kramer gets another chance soon enough.

  28. bachslunch says: Aug 27, 2011 9:45 AM

    Thought I’d follow up on why both Stanfel and Butler had short careers.

    Stanfel indeed served two years of military service before going off to college, then after graduation tore up a knee and sat out another year after having two surgeries on it. As a result, he didn’t start playing in the NFL until age 25. Stanfel retired at age 31 because he was offered a better paying job with a future as an assistant coach — and lots of players from that era did such things.

    Butler’s career ended early because of a knee injury. He didn’t begin playing in the NFL until age 24, signed as an undrafted free agent. Butler didn’t even play high school football and apparently hoped to study for entry into the priesthood. That didn’t work out, and he only began playing football fairly late into his college years because his roommates were doing so.

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