Packers HOF candidates now and in the future
There wasn't anything safety Leroy Butler couldn't do on a football field. He was a terrific tackler. He could take tight ends out of a game. He could cover wideouts in the slot. He could blitz quarterbacks. He was a ballhawk. And he was the verbal and emotional leader of Green Bay's defense. Butler was named to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade team and played in more games (181) than any defensive back in Green Bay history. Butler was named to four Pro Bowls, played in two Super Bowls and is tied for fourth in team history with 38 career interceptions. Butler's finest year may have come in 1996, when the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI. That season he finished second on the team in sacks (6.5), had five interceptions and spearheaded the NFL's No. 1 ranked defense. "He's one of the best football players I've ever been around," former Packers general manager Ron Wolf said of Butler. "He really helped make us go."
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It's not a matter of 'if' Rodgers will be inducted to the Hall of Fame, but 'when?' Rodgers is one of the most gifted passers in league history and currently holds the all-time mark for quarterback passer rating (103.8). Rodgers won NFL MVP honors in 2011 and 2014 and was the MVP of the 45th Super Bowl. Rodgers has been a starter just 10 years, and in that time he ranks 10th in NFL history in career touchdowns (313), 20th in yards (38,502) and 21st in completions (3,188). Still just 34 years old, Rodgers has several years left to add to his impressive resume.