Even though he didn’t make the final group of nominees for 2019, LeRoy Butler’s chances of getting enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame seem to be increasing by the year.
The safety position has been a tough sell to hall of fame voters as both Butler and former Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater have fallen short though Atwater was a finalist this year while Butler was a semi-finalist. Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens was elected as a first ballot candidate this year.
Atwater really is the biggest obstacle to Butler’s election despite Butler producing better statistics as well as more selections as an all-pro. There’s also former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver safety John Lynch in the way, though Lynch continues to fall short of Canton as well.
Butler also played on a defense that featured Reggie White. Is the safety being overshadowed by the Minister of Defense in the eyes of some voters? It’s possible.
Regardless, Butler still stands a solid chance to make it to Canton and hopefully his wait won’t be nearly as long as Jerry Kramer’s, who was finally inducted this past summer.
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There are more factors at play than just other safety candidates. The run on offensive linemen could also positively affect Butler’s chances.
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