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Green Bay Packers unveil statue that honors the Lambeau Leap

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    LeRoy Butler, credited with originating the Lambeau Leap, is the first to pose with the piece during the unveiling of the Lambeau Leap sculpture on Harlan Plaza at Lambeau Field, Friday, August 1, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

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    LeRoy Butler, credited with originating the Lambeau Leap, right, talks about the fans' love for the Packers during the unveiling of the Lambeau Leap sculpture on Harlan Plaza at Lambeau Field, Friday, August 1, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

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    LeRoy Butler, right, credited with originating the Lambeau Leap, talks about the fans' love for the Packers during the unveiling of the Lambeau Leap sculpture, left, on Harlan Plaza at Lambeau Field, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES (The Associated Press)

The Green Bay Packers unveiled a bronze statue outside Lambeau Field that honors one of the team's traditions.

A small crowd gathered outside Lambeau Field to catch the first glimpse of the Lambeau Leap statue on Friday.

The sculpture pays tribute to the post-touchdown celebration of a player jumping into the stands behind the end zone.

Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler is credited with starting the ritual on Dec. 26, 1993, when he jumped into the crowd after scoring a late touchdown in Green Bay's 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Raiders.

"It was very spontaneous," recalled Butler, who attended the ceremony Friday. "I can't even tell a fib and say I thought about it."

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