Former Green Bay Packers Safety LeRoy Butler has finally made his way into the NFL Hall of Fame. Butler, who’s NFL career spanned from 1990-2001, spent all 12 of his professional seasons with the Packers. In Butler’s 16th year of Hall of Fame eligibility, he received the long awaited nod to forever be remembered in Canton, OH amongst football’s elite.
Butler grew up in Jacksonville, FL, in an upbringing of crime and poverty. In addition to that, Butler spent most of his childhood in a wheelchair and wearing leg braces, due to a birth deformity. Doctors questioned if Butler would ever be able to walk normally, let alone run and be an athlete.
Cleary, LeRoy overcame the stacked odds and went on to play football at Robert E. Lee High School, where his success led him to Bobby Bowden and Florida State University. In 1989, Butler was a College All American and was selected by the Packers in the 2nd round of the 1990 NFL Draft.
Quarterback Brett Favre, who arrived to the Packers in 1992, spent 10 seasons with Butler. Favre said of Butler:
“LeRoy was a great leader and teammate. In professional football, great players have a knack for being around the ball and producing big plays, and LeRoy was that player.”
Butler will be remembered as a Packer lifer. The inventor of the Lambeau Leap finally can say that he is an NFL Hall of Famer.——————
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