Sunday, May 12, 2013

To Absent Friends: Jack Butler

Steelers Hall of Famer Jack Butler's career ended due to an horrific knee injury at about the same time I became aware of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers, so I have no memory of him as a player.  I know that my Dad always spoke highly of him, and that was good enough for me to know that he must have been pretty damn good.

His death yesterday at the age of 85 brought to mind something that is too often forgotten, and that is that while the Steelers before 1972 were usually a pretty bad team, they often had a lot of great players, and Jack Butler was one of them.  It was nice that his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame came last year, while he was still around to enjoy it.

RIP Jack Butler.

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