Found May 11, 2013 on
PITTSBURGH — Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.
Butler’s son John said his father’s heart stopped suddenly Saturday morning. The elder Butler had spent the last several months in the hospital dealing with a staph infection that plagued him since his career ended in 1959.
“It had been a long road,” John Butler said. “It wasn’t completely out of the blue.”
Unlike Butler’s professional career.
The Pittsburgh native played wide receiver at St. Bonaventure and was planning on returning to school to get his master’s degree when he received a phone call from Steelers business manager Fran Fogarty in the summer of 1951. To be honest, Butler assumed Fogarty had the wrong number.
“I didn’t know anything about professional football,” Butler said.
It didn’t matter. Over the next nine years, Butler became one of the NFL’s
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
While he only played just over 560 snaps on defense last season, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen certainly made the most of them as he registered two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed in 2012, his second season on the league.
The Steelers thought highly enough of Allen that they allowed fellow cornerback Keenan Lewis to run off uncontested...
Prior to the new CBA of 2011, NFL teams used to be allowed to have grueling two-a-day practices during training camp, but now they are limited to having one full-contact padded practice per day accompanied by a walkthrough period. On the latest episode of the Craig Wolfley Podcast, this topic was discussed as it relates to undrafted players and younger players on the offseason roster...
Pro Football Talk is doing a 32-part series this month that features a Mount Rushmore for each of the NFL teams. This question has been beat to death over the years, but in the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it always produces great discussion as there are so many members of the organization that one could argue as a candidate to be one of the four faces of the franchise.
After a tepid 8 – 8 campaign Pittsburgh may suffer yet another lukewarm season should they struggle to stay on the same page in regards to new athletes, a sophomore Offensive scheme, or Football Gods Forbid, the dreaded injuries which helped derail a team searching for identity in 2012. Should Pittsburgh fans endure further decline (and/or higher draft pick in 2014) which team...
Steelers.com Former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell says his mother, Lisa Bell-Russell, cried when she found out he had been drafted by her favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. “She grew up a Steelers fan, everyone in my family did,” said Bell
After a dominating run in the AFC North the past few seasons, 2012 was a setback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 8-8, they never could put together any consistency to get into the playoffs. As one would expect with a mediocre team, they were mostly made up of mediocre fantasy football talent. So how does 2013 look right? With Mike Wallace out of the picture, the top wide receiver...
There are a lot of high expectations for Pittsburgh Steelers second round pick Le’Veon Bell. Last season Bell was a workhorse running back for Michigan State as he carried the ball 382 time. He also caught 32 passes and compiled 1960 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns. According to John Clayton of ESPN the Steelers believe that Bell could become the next version of Chicago...
Rookie Watch: Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With the 17th pick of the third round the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Markus Wheaton WR, from Oregon State University. Everyone expected the Steelers to upgrade their receiving core at some point during the draft after they lost Mike Wallace via free agency. To say Wheaton had a productive college career would be an understatement...
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was all over ESPN this past week and during one of the Cold Hard Facts segments that aired, he was asked who he thought was the toughest opposing wide receiver to cover in the league and who the toughest opposing quarterback to face.
"Calvin Johnson," said Clark, about the toughest wide receiver to cover. "Any time a guy goes...
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Steelers have hired two new scouts. As Bouchette mentions the Steelers like to keep things “in the family” and these two hires couldn’t ring anymore true to that fact. The two added to the Steelers scouting department are Dan Colbert, son of GM Kevin Colbert, and Mike Butler, son of Hall of Fame corner...
Photo from Steelers.com
Accoridng to NFL.com, Greg Cosell of NFL Films believes the Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is beginning to wear down.
Speaking of Roethlisberger, Cosell believes the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback already is starting to wear down because of his style of play. The Steelersneed a consistent running game to take pressure off Roethlisberger, who turned...
Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety turned studio analyst Ryan Clark is finding out the hard way that staying true to the game and the players is not that easy once you hang up the cleats and step into the studio. From his 'Tom Brady sees ghosts' comments to his latest he is finding out how hard it is to transition jobs without stepping on toes.
Is the cabbage patch...
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks recently
visited with the San Diego Chargers, who are in search of a tackle. While
Starks left the Chargers without a contract in hand, he remains in the mix for
San Diego, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
While there are questions surrounding Starks’ abilities as
left tackle, Gehlken believes he would slot in as...
Like any good defensive back, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark is now back pedaling on comments he made about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
On Tuesday Clark during an appearance on ESPN, said that Tom Brady sees ghost when the pass rush starts to get to him, and will start to duck or flinch.
The Patriots and Steelers matchup this year in week 9, so either someone spoke...
Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive back Jack Butler died
Saturday morning following a lengthy battle with a staph infection.
He was 85.