LeRoy Butler

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame
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Inducted 2007

From a disabled youth, spending much of his childhood in leg braces, LeRoy Butler went on to become the most durable defensive back in the history of the Packers. Playing in more games than any other defensive back (181) the flamboyant Butler was a starter ever since his second season in 1991.

A recognized team leader, Butler was consistently productive. He is the fourth ranked interception leader in team history (38) and often sacked the opposing quarterback from his safety position.

Surviving an impoverished childhood in a poor area of Jacksonville Florida and suffering through serious leg and foot problems that confined him to a wheelchair as a youth, butler experienced a miraculous healing in the seventh grade. He went on to be a three year starter at Florida State before becoming the packers second round pick in 1990.

Butler became a starter in his second season, and remained there until he retired after the 2001 season. Butler is given credit as the originator of the ‘Lambeau Leap’ when he jumped in the end zone stands after he took a fumble in for a touchdown in 1993. He played in 14 playoff games during his career.

Selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team four years in a row in the mid 90’s, Butler was also named to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team.

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Former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler celebrates a fumble recovery during a championship game in 1997.


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