Morning Buzz: Could Packers end up with two first-round picks?
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at LeRoy Butler’s Hall of Fame candidacy.
To put Butler’s production in historical context, the former Packers safety finds elite company. Butler is one of only four defensive backs to have 35 interceptions and 20 sacks, joining Dawkins, Woodson and Ronde Barber. (Rodney Harrison, an All-Pro safety with New England and San Diego, just misses the cut but certainly had Hall of Fame numbers with 34 interceptions and 30.5 sacks in his career.)
Of the group, Butler’s 12 seasons were fewest. His career ended at age 33 when he fractured his shoulder, something that conceivably limited his career numbers at least a little.
Butler’s closest competitor for induction has been John Lynch. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos safety has been a finalist each of the past five years. Billick said he believed Butler’s career was worthy of the Hall of Fame, but was careful to add Lynch also should be enshrined.
Lynch’s nine career Pro Bowls tops Butler’s four. But each of Butler’s four All-Pro selections were to the first team, including three straight from 1996-98. Lynch was selected first-team All-Pro twice, with two more second-team selections.
Lynch, who finished with 26 interceptions and 13 sacks in 15 seasons, wasn’t selected to an all-decade team. By virtue of his career numbers and accolades, Butler could lay claim to being the best safety through the 1990s.
I spoke with Ryan about Butler and how his numbers stack up to other Hall of Famers:
You can find the replay of my Monday Facebook Live chat with readers here:
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