Safety LeRoy Butler invents the “Lambeau Leap” by spontaneously jumping into the stands following a defensive touchdown on a lateral from Reggie White, who had recovered a fumble, in Green Bay’s 28-0 victory over the L.A. Raiders on a zero-degree day.
The original leap occurred in the south end zone stands, and receiver Robert Brooks began popularizing it the following year, jumping into the stands after every touchdown catch at home. Receivers have done the majority of the “Lambeau Leaps” over the years, but running backs, quarterbacks, defensive players and return men have also executed their fair share.
During the years when the NFL was cracking down on excessive celebrations after touchdowns, the “Lambeau Leap” had been grandfathered in as acceptable.Players still do the “Lambeau Leap” today, and it’s become a tradition during the Packers’ annual “Family Night” practice at Lambeau Field for the entire offense to jump into the stands upon scoring its first touchdown.