Butler, Stanfel named Hall of Fame finalists

Defensive back Jack Butler and offensive lineman Dick Stanfel,

members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1950s, have been named

by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s seniors committee as finalists

for election into with the Class of 2012.

Butler and Stanfel will join 15 modern-era candidates on the

list of finalists from which the class will be selected. The

selection meeting will be held on Feb. 4, the day before the Super

Bowl in Indianapolis.

To be elected, they must each receive the same 80-percent voting

support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s selection

committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five

modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger

than seven

Butler, a cornerback out of St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons

with the Steelers from 1951-59. Stanfel, a guard from San

Francisco, was named to five Pro Bowls.