Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 02-20-2014, 03:44 AM   #1
Galax Steeler
The Virginia Hillbilly
Galax Steeler's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Galax Va
Posts: 112,665
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3287
Thanks: 1,647
Thanked 4,577 Times in 1,912 Posts
My Mood: Lurking
Default Obituary: James 'Cannonball' Butler / Former Steelers running back made lasting impre

By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some of the most famous highlights in football history have danced across television screens for years courtesy of those great Steelers Super Bowl teams of the 1970s and beyond.

Nearly as memorable is an old film clip from the 1960s that helped make Jim "Cannonball" Butler infamous.

The Steelers running back was shown moving into punt formation when the center snapped the ball just as Mr. Butler crossed between him and the punter. The football bounced off Mr. Butler's rump, a film clip that was often shown to highlight the woebegone Steelers of the 1960s.

Mr. Butler, who would go on to better days in the NFL after that, died Feb. 10 in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which said he had dementia. He was 70.

Drafted in the 14th round in 1965 from Jacksonville's Edward Waters College, Mr. Butler played his first three seasons as a backup running back and kick returner for the Steelers. He then played four years for the Atlanta Falcons and his final season, 1972, with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He made one Pro Bowl, in his second season with the Falcons in 1969 when he had a career-high 655 yards rushing and averaged 31.2 yards on kickoff returns. Dick Hoak, a more prominent running back during Mr. Butler's days with the Steelers, chuckled when he recalled his former teammate.

"The biggest thing I remember about Cannonball is when he ran onto the field with the punt team and ran between the center and punter and the center snapped it right into him," he said.

Mr. Hoak said Mr. Butler, a native of Quincy, Fla., came to the Steelers with his nickname already attached, probably because he stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 194 pounds.

"Cannonball had a lot of talent, a lot of speed," Mr. Hoak said. "They used him to return kicks because of his speed. He was strong, short and stocky."

Mr. Butler's best season as a runner with the Steelers was his last in 1967, when he rushed for 293 yards on 90 carries.

"Jim was an excellent guy," Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said. "He really fit in well with our team. He was a good man, and he was a good football player."

Mr. Butler rushed for 2,768 yards in his career, and 515 in his three seasons with the Steelers. He also caught 89 passes for 959 yards and returned 133 kickoffs for 3,131 yards. Mr. Butler is survived by daughter Linda Barney of Jacksonville, Fla., and son Jeffrey Butler of Atlanta, according to the Journal-Constitution.

The paper stated the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 221 NW 8th Ave., Boynton Beach, Fla., and arrangements are being handled by Johnson's Memorial Chapel, 1105 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obi...#ixzz2tr0JVGCw
Galax Steeler is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Galax Steeler For This Useful Post:
WVABE (02-20-2014)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts