In a Hall-of-Fame class with its roots in Pittsburgh (Chris Doleman and Curtis Martin played at the University of Pittsburgh while Dermontti Dawson was the best center in Steelers' history), Jack Butler (left) is a throwback to add to the Class of 2012. A Pittsburgh native, Butler was an undrafted free agent the Steelers signed in 1951. Butler would eventually become a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro in nine seasons with the Steelers. Butler was an elite defensive back and is credited with being an evolutionary cornerback with his ball-hawking skills and leaping abilities. A phenomenal athlete, Butler was occasionally used on offense as a receiver. When Butler retired in 1959, he was second in all-time interceptions.
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
Photo: Frank Mastro/Bettmann/Corbis