Perhaps LeRoy Butler will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. Unfortunately for the former Green Bay Packers safety, that will not happen in 2021.
Butler is evidently not among the ten modern-era inductees who will make up the Hall’s class of 2021 and who will be enshrined this summer. Butler himself broke the news subtly on his Twitter account before the formal announcement of the class, which will take place at the NFL Honors on February 6. Instead, he will remain the only member of the Hall’s All-1990s team who has not yet been welcomed into the Hall.
This year was Butler’s second consecutive season as a finalist after making the list of semifinalists in each of the two years before that. The finalist group consists of 15 players, from which up to eight members will be selected for induction. Butler’s 12-year NFL career is finally starting to get the recognition that it deserves, as is the safety position as a whole, but he will evidently need to wait at least another year.
Another Packers defensive back, Charles Woodson, is expected to be enshrined as part of the 2021 class. Woodson is in his first year of eligibility after his retirement following the 2015 campaign.