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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.

Quarterbacks with the most NFL games started with no interceptions

Did you know that… Aaron Rodgers has started 206 regular season games at QB for the Packers and in 135 of those games, he did not throw an interception? That’s 65.5% of the games he’s started that he did not throw an interception.

Rodgers holds the Packers team record for most games started at QB without an interception with 135. Only three other Green Bay quarterbacks have started 20 or more games at QB without an interception: Brett Favre (89), Bart Starr (78) and Lynn Dickey (23).

The NFL record for most games started at QB with 0 interceptions is held by Tom Brady; he has started 174 games at QB without an interception. With 316 starts in his career, that a 55.1% rate for games where he has not thrown an interception. Rodgers ranks second on the list with his 135 games. There are eight NFL QBs in history who have started 100 or more regular season games with no interceptions. The list:

174-Tom Brady
135-Aaron Rodgers
129-Drew Brees
111-Peyton Manning
109-Matt Ryan
107-Ben Roethlisberger
105-Philip Rivers
104-Brett Favre

Here are four more stats involving interceptions (and Aaron Rodgers) that you may find interesting:

  • There are 46 quarterbacks who have 200 or more career TD passes. Of those 46, only three have less than 100 interceptions: Kirk Cousins (223 TD passes and 91 interceptions), Russell Wilson (292 TD passes and 87 interceptions) and Aaron Rodgers (449 TD passes and 93 interceptions).
  • Of the QBs with 200 or more career TD passes, only five have had six or more of their interceptions returned for TD. Rodgers leads this group with only three of his passes leading to a Pick 6 for the opposition. Steve Young had only four interceptions returned for TD, Randall Cunningham had five, and Russell Wilson and Joe Montana each had only six interceptions returned for TD.
  • Rodgers and Brady are in a pretty good battle for the most regular season games with three or more TD passes and no interceptions. Brady tops the list with 66 with Rodgers close behind with 62. They are followed by Brees (56), Peyton Manning (51), Favre (36) and Roethlisberger (35).
  • Brady also sits on top of the list for quarterbacks who have attempted 40 or more passes in a game with no interceptions. He has 42 games with those numbers on his resume. Brees had 34, Matt Ryan has 28, Roethlisberger has 23, and Aaron Rodgers has 21 games in his career where he has thrown 40 or more passes in a contest without an interception.

Willy Adames has his sights set on Brewers HR record for shortstops

Willy Adames on Sunday hit his 19th home run of the season, most for the team. It also placed him in a tie for tenth on the all-time Brewers record for home runs by a shortstop. His 19th HR of the season ties him with Dale Sveum who hit 19 home runs as the Brewers shortstop in 1987.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 for most HRs in a season by a Brewers shortstop:

  1. Robin Yount, 1982… 29
  2. Bill Hall, 2006… 27
  3. JJ Hardy, 2007… 26
  4. JJ Hardy, 2008… 24
    Jose Hernandez, 2002… 24
    Jose Hernandez, 2001… 24
    Jose Valentin, 1996… 24
  5. Robin Yount, 1988… 22
  6. Willy Adames, 2021… 20
  7. Dale Sveum, 1987… 19
    Willy Adames, 2022… 19

With his next HR as the Brewers shortstop, Adames will become the fourth Brewers shortstop to hit 20 or more home runs in two seasons. He will join Yount, Hardy and Hernandez.

Adames is 11 home runs short of the Brewers record for most HRs by a shortstop and he will have 69 games remaining in the 2022 season to break Yount’s record.

In case you were wondering, the MLB record for most HRs hit by a shortstop is held by Alex Rodriguez. He hit 57 home runs as the Texas Rangers shortstop in 2002. That broke his record of 52 that he hit as the Rangers shortstop in 2001.

Yount’s 29 HRs as Brewers shortstop in 1982 ranks tied for 40th on the all-time HR list by shortstops.