Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren, safety Leroy Butler and receiver Sterling Sharpe were among the 94 players and coaches nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.
Holmgren served as the Packers head coach from 1992 to 1998 and never had a losing season. He led the team to a pair of Super Bowls, winning one of them.
Butler played his entire career with the Packers, from 1990-2001 after being drafted in the second round of the 1990 draft. He played in 181 career games and has a Super Bowl ring. Butler was named to the 90’s All Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and entered the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007.
Butler was also credited with inventing the Lambeau Leap.
Sterling Sharpe was the 7th overall pick by the Packers in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played from 1988 to 1994 before his career was cut short by a neck injury.
Sharpe was named All-Pro five times and broke Don Hutson’s records for receptions and receiving yards in a season. He set a franchise record with 112 receptions in 1993.
The 94 candidates will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January.