Packers legend LeRoy Butler to be enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2022!

It's about damn time.

LeRoy Butler will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2022. The legendary Packers safety last played the game in the 2001 season and has been waiting 20 years for this day.

The first NFL player to achieve 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, he was the ONLY player from the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team that had yet to hear his name called in Canton. That wait is finally over.

Butler recorded 38 interceptions, forced 13 fumbles, recovering ten of them, made 721 tackles, and 20.5 sacks throughout his pro career, a career spent entirely in Green Bay with the Packers.

The league started compiling sacks in 1982, and since then only four players have at least 35 interceptions and 20 sacks — Butler (38 and 20½), Charles Woodson (65 and 20), Brian Dawkins (37 and 26) and Ronde Barber (47 and 28).

It is indisputable the Packers were among the NFL’s top teams in the 1990s and that Butler was its third-best player, after Brett Favre and Reggie White. Of the six teams that dominated the decade — Buffalo, Dallas, Denver, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and San Francisco — only the Packers had fewer than three players in the Hall - until today.

Butler was named to the Pro Bowl four times, selected as an All-Pro four times, was a part of the 1990’s all-decade team, and was enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to all of these accomplishments, he is also credited with creating the Lambeau Leap, the most iconic celebration in the National Football League. 

“On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers organization, I want to congratulate LeRoy on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is an honor that he earned through his hard work, leadership and outstanding play,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “I’m so happy for LeRoy and his family. He was a versatile player and key part of the teams that helped return the Packers to championship level football.”

Butler played in more games, 181, than any other defensive back in team history, and only seven players overall saw action in more contests. He played in 116 consecutive games from 1994-2001 and appeared in all 16 games in nine of his 12 seasons. Butler registered 38 interceptions, the fourth most in club history and only one short of third-ranking Herb Adderley (39). 

Butler is the 28th member of the Packers to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Since'61's picture

February 10, 2022 at 09:40 pm

Great news! Well deserved and long overdue. Congratulations Leroy Butler!!! It was great watching you play. Thanks, Since ‘61

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 10, 2022 at 09:56 pm

Kick Ass! LeRoy will always be one of my favorite Packers. He could do everything on the field, and he really is a great guy.

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Todd's picture

February 10, 2022 at 10:38 pm

Awesome! Truly well deserved and congrats Leroy!

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4thand1's picture

February 10, 2022 at 10:30 pm

YES LEROY BUTLER!!!!! One of my favorite Packers. I was at the game for the 1st Lambeau leap.

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mbpacker's picture

February 10, 2022 at 10:30 pm

Finally! That is such great news! Nags, great promo for Leroy, maybe he should select you to introduce him at the HOF awards, great passionate job!

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D.D.Driver's picture

February 10, 2022 at 11:38 pm

I never thought I would see this day. I feel...joy. I'm almost crying.

(Fuck you. YOU'RE a pussy!)

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Harold Drake's picture

February 11, 2022 at 12:24 am

Terrific tribute to the majestic, glorious, and truly great Leroy Butler. One of the NFL's GOATs of the secondary. Congratulations to Sir Leroy. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah! A Hall of Famer at last.

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Tex49's picture

February 11, 2022 at 02:21 am

When I saw Brett Favre out of reflex I started jumping up and down because I knew one of my all time favorites was finally in the hall of fame. So happy for LeRoy!!!

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Crankbait's picture

February 11, 2022 at 04:10 am

That is great news! This is going to be one of those enshrinement's that when fans see and hear his NFL bio will wonder why it took so long.

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NickPerry's picture

February 11, 2022 at 05:13 am

IMO Butler should have been in sooner, before other players, but congratulations to Leroy Butler for a well deserved honor. I can still remember that first Lambeau Leap like it was yesterday...Thank you for the memories Leroy Butler!

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SinceLombardi's picture

February 11, 2022 at 06:47 am

Butler was certainly a key player on a championship team. I’m glad he got in. Congratulations to a true Packer!

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blacke00's picture

February 11, 2022 at 08:24 am

This is long overdue , as others have noted. My real "bitch" is with the media. Has anyone seen the ESPN website? Barely, a mention and then only in a general article on the subject. Nothing on the Packer page (all Rodgers).

What else gets in my caw is that Lynch made it before Butler, who actually had weaker credentials. But he was a media honey. such BS. The Sports media is just like the general media....worthless!

That being said....Atta Boy Leroy....you done it!

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mrtundra's picture

February 11, 2022 at 08:27 am

YESSSSSSS!!! I am so happy, I'm crying! Love, Love, love you LeRoy! Congratulations!!!

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wimiller's picture

February 11, 2022 at 08:52 am

about time. what a pleasure it was watching him play; smart, tough, and a winner. congratulations Mr. Butler.

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LambeauPlain's picture

February 11, 2022 at 11:03 am

How it took this long to vote in LeRoy to the HOF is an enigma, , surrounded by a shroud, wrapped in a mystery.

LeRoy was a leader, a game changer, rock solid in his assignments, and incredibly productive. Exciting player. And another attribute: LeRoy Butler was dependable...always on the field. Played hurt and rarely missed a game.

LeRoy is one of the top Packer legends ever. The Lambeau Leap culminating a fumble and recovery by Reggie who lateraled to LeRoy was one of the most iconic Packer plays in history. I was at that game and it still gives me chills thinking about it.

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