Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Fame cornerback Jack Butler died Saturday following a long battle with a staph infection. Butler was 85.
A college star at Saint Bonaventure, Butler was drafted by the Steelers in 1951 and played for Pittsburgh until a knee injury ended his career in 1959. Upon his retirement, Butler had recorded 52 career interceptions, a number that ranked number-2 all-time at the time, and is currently listed as number-26 in NFL history.
Butler led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 1957. He was a four-time Pro Bowl pick and a three-time All-NFL selection. After his playing days, Butler was one of the most perceptive football scouts in the Steelers’ organization for more than 40 years. Butler was elected last year by the senior committee for induction into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in Canton, Ohio, and was enshrined last August, joining nine former Steelers players whom he had helped draft, and who had been inducted prior to his election.