Ed Driscoll


LAMBAEU LEAP INVENTOR RETIRES: Veteran NFL safety LeRoy Butler calls it quits, after 12 seasons, two Super Bowls (and one ring), four Pro Bowls and five All-Pro seasons, all with the Green Bay Packers.

In a game in December 1993 against the Raiders, Butler forced a fumble by running back Randy Jordan that Reggie White recovered and lumbered with 10 yards before pitching it to Butler, who scored his first career touchdown and celebrated by jumping into the stands.

The “Lambeau Leap” became an entrenched tradition for wide receivers in the years that followed as the Packers went from also-rans to a perennial playoff team, reaching the Super Bowl twice and winning the championship following the 1996 season.

Only five players in the club’s 83-year history played longer than Butler — Starr (16 seasons), Ray Nitschke (15), Forrest Gregg (14), and Charles Goldenberg and Dave Hanner (13).