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Twelve stats you need to know about… LeRoy Butler

Green Bay Packers defensive back LeRoy Butler will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Butler played 12 seasons with the Packers and was named to four All-Pro teams and four Pro Bowls. Here are twelve stats you need to know about Butler’s career with the Pack:

  1. Butler is one of 289 players drafted from Florida State University (FSU). He is one of nine FSU players who were named to four or more NFL Pro Bowls. He was also one of four FSU players who were named to four or more All-Pro teams. Deion Sanders tops this list with six All-Pro selections, followed by linebacker Derrick Brooks with five. Tackle Walter Jones is tied with Butler with four All-Pro selections.
  2. LeRoy was the 48th pick in the second round by the Packers in the 1990 NFL Draft. He was the sixth defensive back chosen (the other five are not in the Hall). He becomes the fifth member of that draft class to make the Hall of Fame: Cortez Kennedy (third pick), Junior Seau (fifth pick), Emmitt Smith (17th pick) and Shannon Sharpe (192nd pick). Of all the players chosen in the ’90 draft, Butler is tied with Eric Davis for most interceptions with 38.
  3. Butler had 38 interceptions and 20.5 sacks in his career, one of only 11 players in league history to reach 30 interceptions and 20 sacks in a career. The other 10 members of this elite club: Ray Lewis, Charles Woodson, Ronde Barber, Jack Ham, Brian Dawkins, Nick Buoniconti, Larry Wilson, Rodney Harrison, Stan White, and Sam Huff. Butler becomes the eighth member of this group of 11 to make the Hall of Fame; not currently in the Hall… Barber, Harrison and White.
  4. He played 181 games over 12 seasons with the Pack. That ranks ninth on the all-time games played list for Green Bay (Favre tops the list at 255). Butler started 165 games which is third on the team’s all-time list behind Favre (253) and Aaron Rodgers (206).
  5. LeRoy had only one pick-six in his career: a 90-yard interception return on September 15, 1996, in the Pack’s 42-10 win over the San Diego Chargers (in Green Bay). He did have two fumble recoveries returned for TD.
  6. Butler is one of 14 Green Bay players to be named to four or more NFL All-Pro teams. Don Hutson tops the list with eight, followed by Forrest Gregg (7) and Jim Ringo (6). There are five players tied with five selections each and six tied with four All-Pro selections each.
  7. As mentioned above, Butler had 38 interceptions and 20.5 sacks. He is one of only three Packers players to have 20 or more interceptions and 20 or more sacks with the Green and Gold. The others: John Anderson and Dave Robinson.
  8. Butler is one of 14 of the 331 players drafted in the 1990 Draft to play in 180 or more career regular season games in the league.
  9. Butler is one of six players to attend Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL to play in the NFL. One of those other five players was teammate Edgar Bennett.
  10. LeRoy Butler played in 14 playoff games as a member of the Green Bay Packers. In his post-season career he had an interception, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. The Packers were 9-5 in the playoff games Butler played.
  11. He was born on July 19, one of 67 NFL players ever born on that date. His 181 games played in the league are the most of any player born on July 19.
  12. Butler is one of only seven players in NFL history to have eight or more consecutive seasons with at least one interception and one sack. Seth Joyner tops the list with 11 straight seasons with at least one interception and sack, followed by Rodney Harrison, Sam Huff and Stan White with nine consecutive seasons. Ronde Barber, Butler and Jamie Collins are next with eight consecutive seasons. (Note: Collins is still an active player; he played for Detroit and New England last season).

Stats researched and culled from Pro-Football-Reference.com

Twelve stats you need to know about… Bill Russell

The NBA lost one of its most iconic legends when Bill Russell passed away on July 31 at the age of 88. Russell was a 12-time All-Star, won 11 World Championships with the Boston Celtics, and was the league MVP five times.

Here are 12 stats you need to know about the legacy of Bill Russell:

  1. Russell made his NBA debut on December 22, 1956 in the Celtics 95-93 win over the St. Louis Hawks. He had a less-than-Hall-of-Fame-worthy game in his debut. He played 21 minutes, shot three-for-11 from the field, and missed all four of his free throws. He finished with six points. He did, however, grab 16 rebounds. At that time, it was the second most rebounds by a rookie in his first NBA game.
  2. He had more rebounds than shots taken at the end of every season of his career.
  3. He played 70 or more games in 11 straight seasons (1958-59 to 1968-69)
  4. Russell averaged 42.3 minutes per game in his career. His lowest per game minutes played was his rookie season when he averaged 35.3 minutes played per game.
  5. He had 10 straight seasons where he averaged 20.0 or more rebounds per game.
  6. Russell’s career free throw percentage was .561. Of all the players in the Basketball Hall of Fame, that mark is fourth worst; worst is Ben Wallace (.414) followed by Wilt Chamberlain (.511) and Shaquille O’Neal (.527).
  7. Bill was one of 124 NBA players who was born in Louisiana. He is number one on that list of Louisiana-born players in career rebounds, fifth in assists, and 10th in points. He was one of nine players born in Monroe, Louisiana.
  8. He is one of 25 players who went to college at San Francisco who played in the NBA. He ranks first in points, rebounds, and assists of those players.
  9. Bill Russell was the second overall pick in the 1956 draft by the St. Louis Hawks. On that same day he was traded to the Celtics for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley. The overall number one selection in that draft was guard Si Green from Duquesne who was drafted by the Rochester Royals. Green had a nine-year career in the NBA averaging 9.2 points per game.
  10. Russell played in 29 different playoff series in his career. He came out on the losing end in only two of those series: 1958 in the NBA Finals to St. Louis; and 1967 in the Eastern Division Finals to the Philadelphia 76ers.
  11. Russell was born on February 12, one of 12 NBA/ABA players born on that date. He ranks second on the list for most points scored by a player on February 12 behind Larry Nance.
  12. Russell in his career averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Add those numbers together and you get 41.9. There are only six other retired players whose points/rebounds/assists per game totals are 40 or more: Larry Bird (40.9), Oscar Robertson (42.7), Bob Pettit (45.6), Elgin Baylor (45.2), Wilt Chamberlain (57.4), and Michael Jordan (41.6).

Brewers, Hunter Renfroe off to fast start after All-Star break

Through games of July 31, the Brewers maintain a three-game lead in the National League Central over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Crew has won seven of their first nine games after the All-Star break and one reason is the power supply offered by right-fielder Hunter Renfroe. He has slugged six long balls in those nine games.

To get near the Brewers record for most home runs by a player in the second half of the season, Renfroe would have to continue his power hitting in the remainder of the season. The record for second half HRs is 27 held by Richie Sexson in 2001. That means that Renfroe would have to hit 22 home runs in the last 60 games of the year.

There have been 12 Brewers players who have hit 20 or more home runs in the second half (after the All-Star break) of a season. They are:

Richie Sexson, 27, 2001
Christian Yelich, 25, 2018
Prince Fielder, 24, 2009
Ryan Braun, 23, 2007
Gorman Thomas, 22, 1979
Khris Davis, 21, 2015
Prince Fielder, 21, 2007
Gorman Thomas, 21, 1980
Richie Sexson, 20, 2003
Geoff Jenkins, 20, 2000
Ben Oglivie, 20, 1980
George Scott, 20, 1975

  • As mentioned above, the Brewers are 7-2 since the All-Star break, a winning percentage of .778. Chances are they will not continue that pace (they would have to go 47-13 in their last 60 games to finish the second half with a winning percentage of .783). The Brewers best second half winning percentage was in 2011 when they went 47-23 (.671). To break the team record for the second half of the season, the Brew Crew will need to win 40 of their last 60 games. There have been five Brewers teams that had a winning percentage of .600 or higher in the second half of the season: 2011 (47-23, .671), 1987 (49-28, .636), 2018 (41-24, .631), 1992 (47-29, .618), 2021 (42-28, .600).
  • If you have watched any Brewers games on TV, you have likely heard the announcers mention that the team needs to score four or more runs to win a game. Through games of July 31, the team is 47-15 (.758 winning percentage) in games where they score four or more runs. That means the team is horrible 10-30 (.250) when they score less than four runs in a game. In addition, the Brewers are 32-9 when they hit two or more home runs in a game, a .780 winning percentage; and they are 20-8 (.714) when they get 10 or more hits in a contest.