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Steelers remember Jack Butler

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The Steelers have issued various statements in the wake of the passing of Hall of Fame defensive back Jack Butler, who followed his playing career with decades working as a scout.

“Jack was a tremendous player who ranked among the best in league history with his 52 interceptions while only playing in 12 games a year,” team chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement released by the team.  “He was a versatile player who was also used as a wide receiver, but his career ended unfortunately too soon with a bad knee injury.  He was an excellent person both on and off the field, and he played an integral role in the BLESTO scouting program and our entire draft process before his retirement.  His family was very close to the entire Rooney family, and he will be missed.  Our condolences are with his family through this very tough time.”

“Jack Butler was one of the all-time great Steelers,” team president Art Rooney II said. “He devoted his entire life to the NFL and made contributions to many teams and many players through his work with BLESTO and player personnel matters.”

“Jack was a great person and great friend who always placed his faith and family first,” Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said.  “Beyond his great play on the field, he was a legendary personnel man who helped so many of us get established in our scouting careers.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.”

It’s a fitting tribute to a man who spent most of his life trying to make the Steelers a better team.

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11 Responses to “Steelers remember Jack Butler”
  1. mazblast says: May 11, 2013 5:15 PM

    One of the unsung heroes of the Steelers organization. He was there through the dismal years and helped bring the team from laughingstock to last laugh.

  2. scoobies05 says: May 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    my sympathies to the steeler family

  3. feelthesteel says: May 11, 2013 5:44 PM

    Very sad news but I’m so glad he finally made it into the Hall Fame last year and was able to be part of that great event.

    Rest in peace.

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: May 11, 2013 6:00 PM

    Props to scoobie. You may love Ray Lewis but you got class. Another steeler legend…no wonder everyone wants our history.

  5. bigcid10 says: May 11, 2013 6:16 PM

    Jack Butler R.I.P.

  6. Deb says: May 11, 2013 6:25 PM

    So sorry to hear this news, but thankful Butler and his family were able to celebrate his Hall of Fame induction last year. Deepest condolences to his loved ones, former teammates, and those in the Steeler organization that worked with him. A loss to Steeler Nation.

    RIP

  7. dickmac says: May 11, 2013 7:43 PM

    One of the two St Bonaventure grads who made goon in the NFL – the other being Ted Marchinroda

  8. tedmurph says: May 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    Don’t know much about him as a player, but Blesto(even though not all teams used it) was ahead of the curve and laid the groundwork for much of NFL scouting and the combine(for what it’s worth)today. All those Steeler HOFamers drafted in the mid-70′s were under his watch. Class act by the Steelers to hire his son.

  9. thesteelers says: May 11, 2013 8:43 PM

    Steeler Nation stand up

  10. bpeterson464 says: May 11, 2013 11:49 PM

    There are so many good people in the NFL, past, present, and hopefully future. It’s good to recognize those that were great on an off the field.

    R.I.P. Jack, you’ve earned it.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: May 12, 2013 1:29 AM

    Rest in peace brother. Great men cannot be replaced, we only hope to honor their legacy.

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