Butler's a Hall of Famer, Brown says

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Leroy Butler walks out of the tunnel as he is introduced at halftime of the Packers' Week 2 game against the Jets in 2014.

There has been a lot of discussion about Troy Polamalu's Hall of Fame prospects since the eight-time Pro Bowl safety announced his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

It also raised some questions about whether former Packers safety LeRoy Butler should be included in the conversation as well. Both safeties played 12 NFL seasons, were named All-Pro multiple times and were a part of their respective All-Decade teams.

While Polamalu has four more Pro Bowl appearances, Butler registered more interceptions (38-32) and sacks (201/2-12). He also played in 23 more games. His former teammate Gilbert Brown believes all of those reasons make Butler a viable candidate for enshrinement.

"Most definitely," said Brown, who played defensive tackle from 1993 to '99 and 2001 to '03. "LeRoy was one of the catalysts for us to do the things we wanted to do back in '96 or whatever. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. That's no question. He was on the All-Decade team and did a lot of different things when he played with us. He definitely should be on there."

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