Retired Packers S LeRoy Butler is a Hall of Fame finalist for third straight year

Packers Wire

For the third straight year, former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Butler was announced as one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Thursday.

He joins Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Ronde Barber, Tony Boselli, Devin Hester, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, Reggie Wayne, Patrick Willis and Bryant Young.

Butler, now in his 16th year of eligibility, is one of seven finalists who have been a finalist at least three times.

Butler played 181 games over 12 seasons with the Packers. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and a member of the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.

Butler’s Hall of Fame bio:

One of the most prolific defensive backs in the Packers’ storied history and among premier safeties of his era … Led the team in interceptions five times … Key member of defense that guided team’s resurgence that included seven playoff appearances in nine-season span … Helped lead Packers to three straight division titles (1995-97) and two Super Bowl appearances … Started at strong safety in three consecutive NFC Championship Games and Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII … Had seven tackles and one sack in Packers’ 35-21 victory over New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI …  Intercepted a pass in every season but his last … Career stats: 38 interceptions for 533 yards … Only pick-six came on 90-yard return versus San Diego Chargers, Sept. 15, 1996 … Registered 20.5 career sacks and one fumble recovery for a TD … Selected to four Pro Bowls … All-Pro four times (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet again to discuss finalists on Jan. 18. Up to five players can be elected, but the player must receive at least 80 percent of the votes.