Defensive back Leroy Butler comes in at No. 23 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Butler played safety for his first three years at Florida State before moving to cornerback in 1989. He was the ball carrier for arguably the most famous play in Florida State history; The Punterooski. In 1989 he recorded 7 interceptions and 94 tackles and was named a consensus All-American. He finished his career with 9 interceptions (2 for touchdowns), 194 tackles, and 3 forced fumbles. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2001.
Butler was drafted in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played 12 years for the Packers and was named to four Pro Bowls during his career. The Pro Football Hall of Fame named him to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team.
Butler is credited with the creation of the Lambeau Leap celebration.
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