It’s a sad day in Steeler Nation, as today the organization lost one of its all-time greats, as Hall of Famer CB Jack Butler passed away at the age of 85.

Butler passed away at UPMC Shadyside Hospital early Saturday. He died from a staph infection, one that actually stopped his career after a knee injury that saw him play nine seasons.

The Post-Gazette reported that he “entered the hospital in November when a lingering staph infection that developed from the knee injury that ended his career in 1959 attacked an artificial knee replacement, his son Mike Butler said. The infection persisted and Butler died about 7:45 a.m., his son said.

“His heart just stopped,” said Mike Butler, who was hired by the Steelers as a scout on Thursday.

“He was completely lucid last night, my sister and brother made him a root beer float and he went to sleep. He never complained, never said anything hurt.”

When he walked away in 1959, he had 52 career interceptions, second-most in the NFL at the time. He made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Butler family.

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