Jack Butler, a former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame player who revolutionized the way cornerbacks played in the NFL, passed away on Saturday (May 11) after a protracted battle with a staph infection. He was 85.
Butler’s son John told The AP that his father’s heart stopped suddenly on Saturday morning. He had spent the last several months in the hospital dealing with the infection that persisted since his career ended in 1959.
“It had been a long road,” his son said. “It wasn’t completely out of the blue.”
Butler played with the Steelers from 1951 to 1959, until a knee injury ended his career, but he kept himself involved with the game and the team, becoming a prominent scout who worked closely with Pittsburgh for over 40 years.
“He was an excellent person both on and off the field, and he played an integral role in the BLESTO scouting program and out entire draft process before his retirement,” Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said. “His family was very close to the entire Rooney family, and he will be missed.”