GREEN BAY – LeRoy Butler and Charles Woodson are each one step closer to Canton.
The former Packers defensive backs are among the 25 modern-era semifinalists for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.
It’s the fourth consecutive year Butler has been named as a semifinalist, while last year marked the first time the four-time All-Pro safety was among the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 15 finalists.
Woodson is one of four first-year eligible players to be among this year’s semifinalists, joining quarterback Peyton Manning, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive end Jared Allen.
Butler, during his 12 seasons with Green Bay, became the first defensive back in NFL history to eclipse 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, finishing his career with 38 interceptions, 20½ sacks in 181 regular-season games.
Synonymous with the Lambeau Leap, Butler was a versatile centerpiece of defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur’s defense during the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI championship run.
A second-round pick out of Florida State in 1992, Butler is currently the only offensive or defensive player from the 1990s All-Decade Team yet to be enshrined.
Woodson, who came to the Packers as a free agent in 2006, posted 38 interceptions and 115 passes defensed during his seven seasons in Green Bay.
Lauded for his exceptional talent, playmaking abilities and outstanding leadership, Woodson was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-11) while with the Packers and led the league in interceptions in 2009…