Yesterday, Steeler Nation and the entire NFL lost one of the greatest players to ever step onto the gridiron. Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Jack Butler died at the age of 85 after a long battle with a staph infection that ended his football career.
Butler, who was born in Pittsburgh, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1951 after playing his college ball at St. Bonaventure. After playing for the Steelers from 1951-59, Butler retired as the second all-time leader in interceptions with 52.
In addition to his stellar career, Butler was a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro, was named to the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade Team, and after waiting for over 50 years was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest Steelers of all-time, Butler leaves behind a legacy in Pittsburgh that will never be forgotten, and will always have an everlasting effect on those still with the organization beyond the football field.
Steelers chairman Dan Rooney stated: “His family was very close to the entire Rooney family, and he will be missed.” Rooney continued, “He was an excellent person both on and off the field.”
“Our condolences are with his family through this very tough time.”
General manager Kevin Colbert also chimed in on Butler. “Jack was a great person and great friend who always placed his faith and family first.”
“He will be missed, but never forgotten.”
Butler was one of the first great Steelers, and years and years from now he will still be looked upon as such.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google