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.

28 responses to “Seniors Committee nominees named for 2012 HOF class

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. radrntn,
    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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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