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Cheese Curds, 2/20: LeRoy Butler hopes for serious Hall of Fame consideration

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He was a semifinalist for the first time this past round, and with other safeties getting in with lesser numbers, it’s past time for someone to make an impassioned case for the former Packer.

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One of the biggest Hall of Fame snubs in history finally was rectified earlier this month, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Green Bay Packers fans.

Next year, we should try to do it again for another player who is more than deserving.

Jerry Kramer is going to Canton, but another dominant player who wore the Green and Gold three decades later is waiting on his call. In fact, 2018’s voting was the first time that this player was even a semifinalist, which is ridiculous for someone who was one of the very best players at his position for an entire decade.

However, guard and safety aren’t usually looked at as sexy positions. Perhaps that is one reason why these two former Packers have been waiting so long. But regardless of the reasons why it hasn’t happened yet, Packers fans should channel the energy that we expended for Kramer into making a case for another player in the coming year.

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As discussed above, we made it happen for Jerry Kramer this year (finally!), so let’s put our collective weight behind Butler for 2019.

I mean, come on. Just look at the stats. Here are the career lines for a pair of different safeties:

Player A: 224 games, 26 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 13.0 sacks, 1054 total tackles, 2-time first-team All-Pro
Player B: 181 games, 38 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, 20.5 sacks, 889 total tackles, 4-time first-team All-Pro

Player A is John Lynch, who was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2018, though he did not end up getting chosen. Player B is Butler. Why does Butler still have yet to be named a finalist? Let’s get him into Canton.

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(Editor’s note: the article initially indicated that John Lynch had been voted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class, but in fact he was not selected after being named a finalist. We apologize for the error.)