LeRoy Butler makes his case to be in Pro Football Hall of Fame
LeRoy Butler has never been a finalist for the Pro Football HOF.
Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler is currently on the tailgate tour with other former and current players and he recently talked to Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com about how he will be at Canton, Ohio this summer to support Brett Favre’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I may just go up there and snatch Brett’s jacket,” Butler said, “and say, ‘Hey man, this is for me.’”
Butler obviously wouldn’t do that to Favre, but he may be onto something because he has thought about his consideration into the Hall of Fame.
“That’s why we played the game,” Butler said. “That’s why I stayed with the Packers for 12 years. To show people it’s not about the money, it’s about the tradition. To do something no other safety has ever done: covering your best receiver on third down, good tackler, great blitzer, Lambeau Leap.
“If you’re going to vote some of the other safeties to the final, then let’s just compare notes. I think my stats stand up to all. Too often you ask guys about that, and they say, ‘No, no, I don’t care about it.’ That’s B.S. We think about it. If you’re in that conversation, you want it to (happen).”
Butler played for the Packers from 1990-2001 and was a four-time Pro Bowler. He was also named to the All-Pro team four times and he also made the 1990s NFL All-Decade team.
Wood mentioned that Butler has never been a finalist to be enshrined in the HOF, but he also compared Butler’s credentials to John Lynch and Steve Atwater who are two safeties that were finalists for the Class of 2016. All three won Super Bowls and Butler earned as many All-Pro selections as Lynch and Atwater combined.
The only difference is Lynch and Atwater went to more Pro Bowls than Butler, but if both players get in, then it only makes sense for Butler to be in conversation in the very near future.
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