He wasn’t a typical child growing up in the Blodgett Homes projects in Jacksonville, Fla. LeRoy Butler struggled with extremely weak bones in his feet causing a misalignment that prevented him from running. Several years in his youth were spent in braces, casts or even a wheelchair for a time. By the seventh grade, LeRoy’s feet had healed and the doors would soon open to a whole new world.
By 1986, LeRoy had become one of the most honored football players in the history on Lee High School. He was named to the Bally and Adidas All-America teams and ranked in Football News’ top 100 recruits.
Bulter became a household name for his role in the punt-rooskie play against Clemson in 1988. His senior season he moved from free safety to cornerback to replace teammate Deion Sanders. That season he had key interceptions in wins over Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, finishing the year with seven interceptions, which to this day still lists him 4th on the Seminoles’ single season record. He was a consensus All-American at defensive back and in the summer, Bulter was named MVP of the Japan Bowl after an interception and 67 yard punt return. In 1990, Butler was selected in the NFL’s second round and 48th pick overall by the Green Bay Packers.
LeRoy Butler played his entire NFL career for the Packers. He was a six time NFL Pro-Bowler became the first NFL player in history to record 40 career interceptions and 20 career sacks. Butler is also known as the originator of the Lambeau Leap, where the players soar into the stands after scoring a touchdown on their home turf. In 1999, #36 was voted “NFL Man of the Year” for his extensive off-field community service.