Three other individuals with connections to that team – quarterback Brett Favre, defensive end Reggie White and general manager Ron Wolf – already have been enshrined in Canton.
The next step in the selection process comes in January when Butler will look to make the cut to 15 finalists for the first time. The Hall of Fame is celebrating the NFL’s Centennial Season with a special 20-member induction class in 2020, but it will still include only five modern-era nominees.
Ten senior nominees, three contributors and two coaches will make up the rest of the special class. The Hall’s selection committee will cast its final votes on the day before Super Bowl LIV.
The 25 semifinalists include six defensive backs, five linebackers, four receivers, three defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three running backs and one special-teamer.