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Happy 30th Anniversary, Lambeau Leap!

On December 26, 1993, LeRoy Butler started the most iconic celebration in NFL history

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Lambeau Leap celebration. On that cold December day with the Green Bay Packers leading the Los Angeles Raiders 14-0, a legacy was born.

On December 26, 1993, Reggie White picked up a fumble and tossed it to LeRoy Butler who ran it back for a touchdown, jumped into the stands, and created a Lambeau Field touchdown tradition. The Packers went on to win 28-0 and clinched a playoff berth.

Speaking with Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette about the anniversary, Butler said it was not a practiced celebration and that it just popped into his head.

“Most guys just go back toward the bench, but I kept going and those fans came down. And that’s when I jumped up there and it was awesome.” said the Hall of Fame safety. “That was the loudest roar I ever heard.”

Over the years, there’s been no shortage of great leaps from the Packers. One of my favorite leaps is Julius Peppers after his first touchdown at Lambeau as a Packer when he ran a Christian Ponder interception back for a touchdown. (Special shout-out to Morgan Burnett for making sure he took his first Lambeau Leap!). Even in 2023, with the youngest roster in the league, Packers players are still leaping into the crowd to celebrate with fans as part of what has become one of the best traditions in sports.

“The Leap is the fabric of our fans and that means so much to me,” said Butler. “The word Leap means to me who catches you? And it’s the fans.”

What’s your favorite Lambeau Leap of all time?