Leroy Butler, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen Named HOF Finalists

By Adam Roberts – 1/6/2021

The 2021 NFL Hall of Fame modern-era class candidates are down to fifteen, with three former Packer and Viking legends up for consideration.

Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson and safety LeRoy Butler have been selected as finalists. Woodson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 2010 and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Butler was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and logged 38 interceptions and 20-and-a-half sacks while also christening the Lambeau Leap in 1993.

Also former Minnesota Viking Jared Allen is among the first-time finalists. Allen was traded to the Vikings by the Chiefs in 2008, where he stayed until 2013. After his first year with Minnesota, he was selected to his second Pro Bowl, and in 2012, set the single-season record for the Vikings for the most sacks – he had 22. Allen finished his career in Carolina but signed a one-year contract with Minnesota so he could retire a Viking in 2016.

The class of 2021 will be revealed February 6th, with Enshrinement set for August 8th. The class of 2020 will also be enshrined this year, after the ongoing pandemic canceled last year’s event.