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Multiple Former Packers Among Nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019

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Multiple Former Packers Among Nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The Pro Football Hall of Fame rolled out its initial list of nominees Thursday, a list of 102 that will eventually be cut down to a group of 25 semifinalists.this fall, and 15 finalists this January. Included in the list are several names Packer fans may recognize.

Four prominent packers on the list include:

  • Sterling Sharpe, Wide Receiver 
  • Mike Holmgren, Coach
  • LeRoy Butler, Safety
  • Nick Collins, Safety

There are several other players who spent a short time with the Packers, but are better known for their play with other teams. These include:

  • Russell Maryland, Defensive Tackle
  • Seth Joyner, Linebacker
  • Sean Landeta, Punter

With Jerry Kramer finally getting his decades-overdue induction to the Hall of Fame this year, the attention among Packer fans has shifted especially to players like Sharpe and Butler, who probably should have been inducted already but have still been awaiting their call. Sharpe was an absolute monster in his career with the Packers, which was cut short due to injury. Butler was an extremely influential player at the safety position, frequently rushing the passer and playing up near the line of scrimmage. He was a factor opposing quarterbacks had to consider on every down.

Holmgren has the distinction of being a significant part of the revival of the Packers in the 1990s. He is also one of few coaches to ever take multiple teams to a Super Bowl (the other two being Dick Vermeil and Bill Parcells). 

Collins' career had a Hall of Fame trajectory, but, like Sharpe's, was cut short due to a neck injury. He is likely a long shot to ever make the Hall, but his inclusion on the list shows respect for what he accomplished during his short time in the league.

What do you think about the odds of these four?


Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Qoojo's picture

If Sayers can be in, Sharpe without a doubt should be in.

LeotisHarris's picture

Yep, and Terrell Davis also had a 6-year career and is in the HOF

Lare's picture

Would like to see LeRoy make it in.

LeotisHarris's picture

Leroy Butler deserves to be in the Hall. The 96 season he was 2nd on the team in sacks, and had 5 interceptions.

He was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team and played in more games (181) than any defensive back in Green Bay history.

Butler was named to four Pro Bowls and was voted All-Pro by the Associated Press four times. That's a HOF career imho.

Oppy's picture

Plus, the man possesses a mean baked mac 'n' cheese recipe.

Samson's picture

Sharpe, Butler & Collins.
Especially Leroy!!
All three. --- Why not?

Oppy's picture

Sharpe will be a tough sell because his career ended short and limited his impact on the NFL Records books and, despite it being a poor reason, he wasn't a pleasant interview for media types back in the day who are the guys who vote on enshrinement.

He certainly was an all-time great WR, but I think it would take a miracle to get him in anytime soon.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

The day before game one holdout also is a blemish.

PatrickGB's picture

Agree, Butler and Sharpe belong. Holmgren and Collins, not so sure. All made a big difference for the Packers.

Tundraboy's picture

Sterling and Leroy definitely. Holmgren I'm sure as well,but Nick just had too short a career sadly.

Oppy's picture

I fear you are right about Collins, which is a shame.

Best safety in the league not named Reed or Palomalu during that decade.

MarkinMadison's picture

Butler and Holmgren should be in. For Holmgren, he groomed Young, Farve and Hasselback. He won two rings with San Fran as OC, you know what he did in GB (or why are you here?), plus went to another with Seattle. He was the best offensive mind in football in the 1990s.

Safeties have a hard time so I don't see Collins making it given his position and short career.

Sharpe had the misfortune of having a short career that ended without a Super Bowl, and which saw a surge of a large number of talented wide receivers take advantage of more offense-friendly rules just a few years after he was out of the game. I'll be shocked if he ever makes it.

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