Steelers hall of famer Jack Butler dies

Associated Press  Pittsburgh Steelers hall of fame defensive back Jack Butler died Saturday morning following a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85. Butler’s son John said his father’s heart stopped suddenly. Butler had been hospitalized for several months while dealing with a staph infection that had plagued him off and on since he retired in 1959. A Pittsburgh native, Butler made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of St. Bonaventure in 1951. He played nine seasons with the Steelers, collecting 52 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-NFL first team three times. Butler was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton by the senior committee in 2012.

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FILE- Int is Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, former NFL football player Jack Butler poses with a bust of himself during an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Butler died Saturday morning, may 11, 2013, following a lengthy battle with a staph infection, his son John Butler said. He was 85. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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• George Sauer, a wide receiver on the New York Jets’ only Super Bowl championship team, died Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 69.

Sauer played a key role in the Jets’ 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl. He caught eight passes from Joe Namath that day in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history.

A native of Sheboygan, Wis., he played for the Jets in the AFL and then the NFL from 1965-70. He was chosen to four all-star teams and was a two-time All-Pro. In 84 games, he caught 309 passes for 4,965 yards and 28 touchdowns.

• Longtime Oakland Raiders Chief Executive Officer Amy Trask resigned from the team.

Trask told owner Mark Davis of her decision to leave the franchise Saturday. Trask had been with the Raiders for 25 seasons and was one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports.

Trask was close to owner Al Davis and helped ease the transition of ownership after Davis’ death in 2011.


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