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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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