LeRoy Butler becomes 28th Packer inducted into Hall of Fame

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LeRoy Butler waited a long time for today.

His induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame came 21 years after his retirement from the NFL and 16 years after he first became eligible for consideration.

“Sixteen years is a long time, but it was worth the wait,” Butler said Saturday.

The former safety became the 28th Packer to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, second-most in the NFL behind only the Bears’ 30.

Butler said playing for the Packers changed his life.

“When you play for the Green Bay Packers, a lot of doors open up,” Butler said. “When you win a Super Bowl, all those doors open up. When you make the Hall of Fame, football heaven opens up. You want to know why? Just guess. It’s rare company. There are 362 guys in the Hall of Fame, and I am No. 357.

“Growing up in Jacksonville, humble beginnings, nah. Nah. Thank you, Duval. Duval County was amazing. But my mom, growing up in poverty, she made us think rich every day, because it’s not about what you have on or what you have, it’s how you act.”

Butler was one of a handful of first-team all-decade players from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s not in the Hall of Fame before Saturday.

Butler finished his career with 38 interceptions and 20.5 sacks, which makes him one of only four players with at least 35 interceptions and 20 sacks since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982.

12 responses to “LeRoy Butler becomes 28th Packer inducted into Hall of Fame

  1. Congratulations, Mr. Butler for a very well deserved honor.
    Born with so many physical ailments with his feet that doctors had to actually break the bones in both of them in the hopes he would eventually walk normal.
    Spending his childhood in a wheel chair, progressing to leg braces, eventually making it to the NFL, and now, finally, the Hall of Fame.
    Truly an inspiring story of courage and perseverance.
    I sincerely hope you enjoy your day, you’ve certainly earned it. 🙂

  2. LeRoy makes 28 Packer members now enshrined in the pro football HOF for all of eternity. It is so incredibly humbling to be an owner and fan of this team.

  3. singularitynow says:
    August 6, 2022 at 5:26 pm
    Hall of Pretty Gooder. Not Hall of Famer.

    08Rate
    It becomes obvious who actually watched a player and who didn’t. Butler should have been in years ago

  4. Add up sacks, interceptions, fumbles forced and fumbles recovered, and Butler leaves Polamalu and others who got in before him far behind. Long overdue.

  5. singularitynow says:
    August 6, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Hall of Pretty Gooder. Not Hall of Famer.
    *********
    Tell me you don’t know anything about football, without telling me you don’t know anything about football.

  6. Hall of Pretty Gooder. Not Hall of Famer.
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    LeRoy Butler
    4x 1st Team All-Pro
    1990s All-Decade Team

    Steve Atwater
    2x 1st Team All-Pro
    1990s All-Decade Team

    John Lynch
    2x 1st Team All-Pro
    NOT on an All-Decade Team

    Brian Dawkins
    4x 1st Team All-Pro
    2000s All-Decade Team

    Troy Polamalu
    4x 1st Team All-Pro
    2000s All-Decade Team

  7. There has not been a Safety playing at LeRoy’s level for the Packers since his retirement. Good players we have found but no greats like LeRoy.

  8. If you can’t get in a real hall of fame join the one that has Don Majkowski and Lynn dicky

  9. hammerofcheddar says:
    There has not been a Safety playing at LeRoy’s level for the Packers since his retirement. Good players we have found but no greats like LeRoy.
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    The loss of Nick Collins to a career ending neck injury cannot be overstated when discussing the Packers defensive struggles the past 10+ years. Probably not HoF level, but All-Pro/Pro-Bowler coming into his own before it was taken away at age 28.

  10. There has not been a Safety playing at LeRoy’s level for the Packers since his retirement. Good players we have found but no greats like LeRoy.
    ==========

    Nick Collins was special. Huge piece of that Super Bowl team. And probably no coincidence the 2011 defense collapsed after his neck injury.

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