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Report: Former Falcons RB “Cannonball” Butler passes away at age 70

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One of the first Pro Bowlers in Falcons history has reportedly passed away.

Tailback Jim “Cannonball” Butler, who played eight NFL seasons and rushed for 2,768 yards, passed away on February 10, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

A 14th-round pick of the Steelers out of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville in 1965, the 70-year-old Butler played for Atlanta for 1968-1972 after spending his first three NFL seasons with Pittsburgh. Butler was named to the Pro Bowl in 1969 after rushing for 655 yards and racking up 297 yards receiving.

According the Journal-Constitution, the 70-year-old Butler is survived by a son and a daughter.

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6 Responses to “Report: Former Falcons RB “Cannonball” Butler passes away at age 70”
  1. bigbosscrispy says: Feb 17, 2014 2:38 PM

    Not saying this guy wasn’t a baller in his day, but why exactly is he in the HOF? His stats sound mediocre at best and no SB win? What am I missing?

  2. bigbosscrispy says: Feb 17, 2014 2:40 PM

    Oops it say pro bowler, not HOF.. My bad! RIP cannon ball

  3. hrmlss says: Feb 17, 2014 5:27 PM

    RIP, I heard the Vikings were close to signing him…

  4. tooz72 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:41 PM

    why is Lynn Swann in the HOF?..pedestrian stats..a ballet catch in the SB is all it takes to get in the HOF

  5. jagsandliquor says: Feb 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    Sad to see a baller go…RIP

  6. leatherface2012 says: Feb 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    if he was a pro bowler, wouldnt all the lanes have their lites turned down?

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