S LeRoy Butler, who played 12 seasons (1990-2001) for the Green Bay Packers and was a member of teams that made the playoffs seven times, won the division three times, reached the NFC Championship three times (winning twice) and brought the Packers their first world championship in 29 years, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The announcement was made tonight by the Hall of Fame's selection committee.
"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."
(luh-ROY) Butler was drafted by the Packers in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He was named first-team All-Pro four times by The Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly (1993, 1996-98) and selected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996-98). According to pro-football-reference.com, he is tied for the eighth-most seasons being named first-team All-Pro among safeties. Butler helped the Packers register a record of at least .500 in each of his final 10 seasons with the team, including winning 11-plus games five times. He was a part of defenses that ranked in the top-five in points allowed six times, including five seasons in a row (1993-97). In 1996, the Packers' Super Bowl-winning team featured a defense that ranked No. 1 in the NFL in points allowed and yards allowed.
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). He recorded 20.5 sacks in his career, the fifth most among safeties in NFL history (since 1982), according to Sportradar. Butler is one of five players since 1982 with 15-plus sacks, 30-plus interceptions and 10-plus fumbles recovered (10). He is one of only four players in NFL history, and the only player in the league from 1990-2001, with 35-plus INTs and 20-plus sacks.
Butler is the 28th member of the Packers to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.