No Chiefs Named Senior Hall Nominees

There were a number of former Chiefs players under consideration by the seniors committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s board of selectors. Otis Taylor and Johnny Robinson has been part of the discussion for a number of years, including the 2011 process.

But on Wednesday, the Hall of Fame announced that CB Jack Butler and G Dick Stanfel were selected by the seniors committee as finalists for Hall of Fame election with the Class of 2012.

Both members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s, Butler and Stanfel will join 15 modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2012 will be selected. That will happen on February 4, 2012, the day before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

A senior nominee is an individual whose career ended at least 25 years ago. Butler, a 6’1″, 200 pounds out of St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons (1951-59) in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons (1956-59) and was named first-team All-NFL in the final three years of his career. Butler recorded 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and 4 touchdowns that included a league-high 10 INTs during the 1957 season. When he retired, he was tied for second all-time in interceptions.

Stanfel was regarded as a premier guard during his era joining the Lions as a second-round choice out of the University of San Francisco in 1951. He was an integral part of back-to-back Detroit championship teams in 1952-53. In 1954, the Western Conference champion Lions voted Stanfel as their team most valuable player. He was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1956 and played his final three years with the Redskins. In all, Stanfel was named to five Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-NFL four times over a five-season span. He earned all-league accolades twice with Detroit and twice with Washington.

2 Responses to “No Chiefs Named Senior Hall Nominees”

  • August 24, 2011  - Susie says:

    This is just crazy, Bob! Some friends and I have an open group that have a petition going to get Otis Taylor into the Hall of Fame. It’s something that I’m very passionate about…even though I’m a little too young to remember his playing days. All I know is that he is one of the best in Chiefs history and it’s a shame that he’s been overlooked once again. Do you know if this is his last year to be considered?

  • August 24, 2011  - Dave71 says:

    It is absolutely ridiculous that Johnny Robinson hasn’t gotten in. His interception numbers are similar to other hall of famers. One of the best in AFL history. Truly a rip off that he hasn’t gotten in.

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