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RuthlessBurgher
08-24-2011, 11:10 PM
Butler & Stanfel named 2012 senior nominees

08/24/2011

Cornerback Jack Butler and guard Dick Stanfel, both members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s, were named today by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee as finalists for election into the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2012.

Butler and Stanfel will join 15 yet to be named modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2012 will be selected. The Hall of Fame selection meeting will be held on February 4, 2012, the day before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. To be elected, the former NFL standouts must each receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s Selection Committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than seven.

The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2012 senior nominees were reduced to a final list of candidates. Today, five members of the Seniors committee met in Canton to discuss each of the senior finalists. A senior nominee is an individual whose career ended at least 25 years ago.

Butler, a 6’1”, 200-pound cornerback out of St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951-59. He earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons (1956-59) and was named first-team All-NFL in the final three years of his career. Butler recorded 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and 4 touchdowns that included a league-high and career best 10 picks during the 1957 season.

Pittsburgh signed Butler as undrafted free agent who never played football in high school. He quickly developed into one of the finest defensive players of the decade noted as not only a great interceptor but also as an outstanding tackler. He retired tied for second all-time in interceptions. He also recorded four touchdown receptions and returned one fumble for a TD.

Stanfel, a second-round pick out of San Francisco by the Detroit Lions in 1951, was regarded as a premier guard during his era. He was an integral part of back-to-back NFL championship teams in 1952 and 1953. In 1954, the Western Conference champion Lions voted Stanfel as their team most valuable player. After four seasons with Detroit, he was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1956. He played his final three years of his career with the Redskins.

In all, Stanfel was named to five Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-NFL four times over a five-season span. He earned all-league accolades twice with Detroit and twice with Washington.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio next August.


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hawaiiansteel
08-24-2011, 11:23 PM
Steelers' great Butler gets Canton nomination

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Jack Butler, who joined the Steelers as an undrafted player in 1951, set a franchise record with 52 interceptions, a mark later broken by Hall of Famer Mel Blount.

Former Steelers cornerback Jack Butler took his longest leap in his long wait at the door of the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he became one of two Seniors Committee nominees today.

A Pittsburgh native who lives in Munhall, Butler, 83, joins guard Dick Stanfel as the two seniors finalists for election in the Hall's Class of 2012. They will join 15 modern-era candidates on the ballot; the other candidates will not be chosen until December. The two seniors do not compete with the modern candidates for a spot in the Hall but are voted on separately and often both seniors are elected.

Both Butler and Stanfel were members of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1950s.

Butler, a 6-1, 200-pound cornerback who played at St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons with the Steelers from 1951-59. He earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons (1956-59) and was named first-team All-NFL in the final three years of his career. Butler had 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and four touchdowns that included a league-high and career best 10 interceptions during the 1957 season.

Butler, who never played football in high school, went undrafted but, as the press release from the Hall of Fame stated, "quickly developed into one of the finest defensive players of the decade noted as not only a great interceptor but also as an outstanding tackler." When he retired because of a leg injury that nearly killed him, he was second in career interceptions in the NFL. He returned four of them for touchdowns, along with scoring on one fumble return.

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Former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler was recognized as a member of the team's 75th anniversary squad in 2007.

After his retirement, Butler became a coach briefly, then went into scouting with the Steelers and became director of the BLESTO scouting network, a job he held for four decades.

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RuthlessBurgher
09-03-2011, 12:42 PM
Colbert hopes Butler makes Hall of Fame
By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

Posted 20 hours ago

Former cornerback Jack Butler could be the next in a long line of Steelers to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Butler, who played for the Steelers from 1951-59, is one of two Seniors Committee nominees for the Class of 2012, along with Dick Stanfel who played for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.

“I really appreciate it, it's a great honor and I enjoy it and the whole bit," said the 83-year old Butler. "I didn't expect it. I'm getting to a point, I'm getting up there, you know? But I'm glad it happened."

Butler, who is originally from Pittsburgh and still lives in the area, finished his career with 52 interceptions for 827 yards, including a career-high 10 in 1967, and four touchdowns.

“I think it’s long overdue,” said Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. “A lot of great players from the pre-internet media exposure days got overlooked. It’s due justice that a great player like Jack Butler gets recognized for what he accomplished in the time that he played.”

He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times, 1956-59, and was named first-team All-NFL three times as well as the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950’s.

“When you look at some of the people who are in the Hall of Fame, him getting in is justified,” said Bill Nunn, a long-time member of the Steelers scouting department. “He deserves it based on what he brought to the team and the fact that the Steelers weren’t a winning team then. If he played for another team or the Steelers were a winner then, he would likely be in already.”

After his playing days Butler joined the Steelers scouting department and was director of BLESTO scouting network until he retired three years ago. Colbert was one of many in the NFL scouting community to work for Butler.

“I had a lot of people help me along the way at all different stages. He was my first job in the professional sports world on a full-time basis,” said Colbert. “He opened my eyes to what the reality of pro football was. The way he taught it and how much he knew about players was intriguing.

“Jack was an iconic figure in the scouting world. Those of us who were fortunate enough to work for him appreciate what he did for us. He was there year in and year out doing the same things the same way. He was entrenched in his values, his work ethic and his overall love of football and particularly the scouting world.”

The Seniors Committee nominees will join the 15 modern-era candidates on a ballot in December.


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papillon
09-04-2011, 09:40 AM
Not before Dawson, that is all. Butler is never mentioned as being the best ever at his position while he played and Dawson has been. No one before Dawson, senior or otherwise, it's just plain wrong that Dawson sits and waits.

Pappy