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Jack Butler 1927--2013
JIM GORANT
May 20, 2013
Former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler entered the Hall of Fame in 2012 as a player—the undrafted St. Bonaventure grad intercepted 52 passes from 1951 through '59—but his impact went beyond the field. Butler, who died last Saturday at age 85 from complications from a staph infection, was the man behind the NFL's first collective scouting service.
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May 20, 2013

Jack Butler 1927--2013

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Former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler entered the Hall of Fame in 2012 as a player—the undrafted St. Bonaventure grad intercepted 52 passes from 1951 through '59—but his impact went beyond the field. Butler, who died last Saturday at age 85 from complications from a staph infection, was the man behind the NFL's first collective scouting service.

Following a stint as a Bills assistant, Butler became the executive director of the newly formed BLESTO (Bears, Lions, Eagles, Steelers Talent Organization) in 1963—a job he held for 45 years. Even as BLESTO grew to include many more teams, he remained its sole representative in Pittsburgh and was integral to the series of drafts that netted the Steelers nine future Hall of Famers and formed the foundation of their dynasty of the '70s. "He was a legendary personnel man," Pittsburgh G.M. Kevin Colbert said. "He will be missed but never forgotten."

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