Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Jack Butler shushed the Steelers faithful in order to get his 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame speech started.
"That's enough," Butler said, before getting down to business in the only way a man of ilk could. A member of the All-Decade team for the 1950s, Butler had a knack for pulling the ball out of the air at a time when the forward pass was not the preferred method of moving the ball.
The interceptions should have come easy for him; he was also a wide receiver. Butler can claim to be one of three players in the history of the league with four interceptions returned for a touchdown and four receiving touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who did not even play high school football.
"I was born with a talent to play football and the motivation to become the best player I could," Butler said. "I was also fortunate enough to play in the great city of champions, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
For Butler, being on the stage in Canton was the fulfillment of a great career.
"I never envisioned being here in Canton," he said. "This is the highest honor i've achieved in my pro career ... heck, I'm thankful I'm here."
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