Jack Butler will be getting a lot of love from Steelers fans when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4, but on Tuesday it was Steelers players who were showing the former defensive back some love.
Butler attended the Steelers first minicamp practice and afterwards all of the defensive backs went over to meet the Hall of Fame inductee.
“He kind of started this whole thing,” said
Even though the defense is coached by a Hall of Famer every day in defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, meeting another one meant a lot to them.
“He is a living legend and that is special, motivating and inspiring,” said
“It’s an amazing opportunity to meet him with the history of this team,” said Allen. “Having Coach LeBeau and Mr. Butler, with the accolades they had, it’s something to reach for and strive to be like.”
Butler laughed when he heard the younger players were singing his praises, staying true to his humble approach to football and life.
“It was nice and I appreciate it,” said Butler. “I really liked meeting them. I don’t know them personally, but I am really glad I got to meet them. But the things they say, I am just the guy I am. I know who I am, where I come from, where I want to go and how to get there.”
Butler, along with Dermontti Dawson, will be the latest to join a long list of Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and
“When you walk into this facility you see a lot of Hall of Famers, Mr. (Dan) Rooney, Coach LeBeau, Mel Blount comes around, and Joe Greene, so it’s awesome for all of us to be in the presence of some great football players,” said Polamalu. “That is contagious. That is why programs like the Steelers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Yankees continue to be on top because it’s a place that is surrounded by people that know what it takes to be great and win.”