A Brief History of Packers' Lambeau Leap

A Brief History of Packers' Lambeau Leap

If a Lambeau Leap isn't done at Lambeau Field, is it still a Lambeau Leap?

The Green Bay Packers will find out on Sunday when they take the field at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Despite being away from home, there's a good chance (5-4 are the current odds) that a player in green will seek out some supportive fans in the first row of the end zone and do the celebratory leap.

How did it all get started? The Leap began the day after Christmas in 1993 on a frigid day at Lambeau (the third-coldest ever at the stadium). The 8-6 Packers were looking to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in a full season since 1972 and were in good shape, holding a 14-0 lead. While on defense against the visiting Los Angeles Raiders, LeRoy Butler forced a fumble that was picked up by the late Hall of Famer, Reggie White. After running for 10 yards with the ball, White lateraled to Butler, who went 25 yards for the touchdown. When he got the end zone, Butler says he spontaneously jumped into the crowd in celebration. A new tradition was born.

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