CANTON, Ohio -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Jack Butler had us worried for a moment when he stared into the Fawcett Stadium crowd without saying anything for several seconds.
Stage fright? Hardly.
Butler, 84, soon made it clear he was on his game for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.
"OK," he said while Pittsburgh Steelers fans cheered, "that's enough."
Butler rose to the occasion. He was poised and measured. He spoke with purpose. His son, John, spoke of Jack Butler's discipline and work ethic. It was clear Butler was in control.
Butler finished his speech with panache when he thanked various family members for attending, then, in a nod to his age, rejoined with, "Heck, I'm thankful I'm here."