Boselli and Butler named Pro Football HOF finalists again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tony Boselli and LeRoy Butler are Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists again, while the wait continues for Fred Taylor.

Boselli, the Jaguars’ first-ever draft pick in 1995, is a finalist for the fifth consecutive year. He made the cut to 10 in 2020 voting, but not the cut to the final five needed for enshrinement.

Butler, a former Packers safety who was largely credited for starting the famed Lambeau Leap, was named a finalist for the second straight year. Butler played at Lee High under iconic coach Corky Rogers, and also at Florida State.

Former Jaguars running back Taylor, who was a semifinalist for the second year in a row, did not make the cut to the final 15.

The last local products to make the hall of fame came in 2018 with Raines product Brian Dawkins, and in 2019 with Charlton County graduate Champ Bailey.

Boselli was a Pro Bowl selection from 1996-2000 before injuries ended his career.

Butler spent 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Packers. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Butler had 38 career interceptions and forced 13 fumbles. He had 721 tackles and was inducted into the Packers hall of fame in 2007.

Among the other 15 finalists are Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Jared Allen, Reggie Wayne, Torry Holt, John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Richard Seymour, Zach Thomas, Clay Matthews Jr., Alan Faneca and Sam Mills.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.