Jack Butler has been elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame - Class of 2012. Following a 56-year career in the NFL, Jack had been awarded the game's highest honor.
Although his playing career was tragically cut short at it's peak by a devastating knee injury, Jack's statistical credentials stand up to any of those currently enshrined at Canton. Jack retired in second place on the all-time list of pass interceptions and would remain in the top ten for over 25 years. He currently ranks tied for 14th place on the all-time list. Ten of the 22 defensive backs in the NFL Hall of Fame are either tied or behind him on that list. Please navigate to the "Stats and Facts" page of this site to compare Jack's numbers with those of the 22 defensive backs currently in the HOF. It could be argued that, had his career continued at it's normal pace, Jack's numbers may have eventually surpassed them all. In his final two years of injury-free football, Jack intercepted 19 passes in just 24 games. Although injuries greatly hampered his final year and limited his availability, he intercepted his final two passes in 1959. He finished his career trailing only Emlen Tunnell on the all time list.
Jack may have been just as deserving to enter the hall as a "contributor" to the game. His work and leadership with the BLESTO scouting combine and it's member teams changed the way the game's talent is scouted and evaluated. The pioneering efforts of Jack Butler and BLESTO were instrumental in the development of today's sophisticated college scouting methods and the NFL Combine. BLESTO pioneered the use of computers in college scouting, personality and "Wonderlic" testing, detailed medical evaluations, and the use of scouting combines.
Although Jack's playing days ended over a half century ago, his impact on the game will forever be recognized by his enshrinement in Canton, OH. We urge all viewers of this site to review the statistics and read the articles by some of the country's greatest sportswriters. You may find some of these articles listed on this site's "Articles" page. Here you will find out about one of the NFL's greatest players of all time.