Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seniors committee nominates two for Hall of Fame


Cornerback Jack Butler and guard Dick Stanfel, both members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s, were named today by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee as finalists for election into the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2012.

Butler, a 6’1”, 200-pound cornerback out of St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951-59. He earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons (1956-59) and was named first-team All-NFL in the final three years of his career. Butler recorded 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and 4 touchdowns that included a league-high and career best 10 picks during the 1957 season.

Stanfel, a second-round pick out of San Francisco by the Detroit Lions in 1951, was regarded as a premier guard during his era. He was an integral part of back-to-back NFL championship teams in 1952 and 1953. In 1954, the Western Conference champion Lions voted Stanfel as their team most valuable player. After four seasons with Detroit, he was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1956. He played his final three years of his career with the Redskins.

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