Butler has seen it all

Part 5 of a series For more than a decade, the biggest crowd of reporters in the Packer locker room usually surrounded LeRoy Butler. Never at a loss for words, Butler had a unique perspective on the Pack. Going into Super Bowl XXXII, Butler was the lone survivor of the Lindy Infante era. By retirement, he had been through four coaches in Green Bay plus a parade of defensive coaches. In Part 5 of our retrospective series on Butler, he comments on his coaches.<p>

"Coach (Mike) Holmgren was my favorite head coach because he respected me. He allowed me to be me, he pulled the best out of me," Butler told the Kenosha (Wis.) News. "He made me just a great player."

The top of Butler's list of favorite coordinators is a man who didn't fare as well as a head coach. Likewise, atop his list of position coaches is a man on the coaching "hot seat" about 200 miles to the south.

"My top two defensive coaches, Ray Rhodes and Fritz Shurmur, are probably a tie because they just let me do everything I wanted to do," Butler said. I got more sacks than any defensive back to ever play the game and it's because of these two.

"Ray Rhodes switched me to safety, and Fritz Shurmur took the safety position to another level," he said. "No one was blitzing their safety until I started doing it in like '93, '94. He put me as a pioneer for that position, and my position coach, Dick Jauron, he taught me every smart thing about the game."


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