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Encyclopedia > Dick Butkus
Dick Butkus
Position(s):
Linebacker
Jersey #:
51
Date of birth: December 9, 1942 (1942-12-09) (age 64)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 1/ Pick 3
College: Illinois
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1965-1972
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary
All-Time Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
1969 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
1970 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Retired #s Chicago Bears #51
Teams
1965-1973 Chicago Bears
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1979

Richard Marvin Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player, widely regarded as the greatest linebacker of his generation and one of the best football players of all time. Butkus starred as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... This article relates to sports. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1965 National Football League Draft took place on November 28, 1964. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... This is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1970s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... Beginning in 1966 the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) annually awarded the George S. Halas Trophy (Not to be confused with the Pro Football Writers Association George S. Halas Courage Award or the George Halas Trophy that is awarded by the National Football League) to the NFLs outstanding defensive player. ... Beginning in 1966 the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) annually awarded the George S. Halas Trophy (Not to be confused with the Pro Football Writers Association George S. Halas Courage Award or the George Halas Trophy that is awarded by the National Football League) to the NFLs outstanding defensive player. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... See also: 1978 in sports, other events of 1979, 1980 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Artistic Gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Alexander Dityatin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Nellie Kim, USSR Mens team competition champion: USSR Womens team... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article relates to sports. ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...

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University of Illinois

At Illinois, Butkus played center and linebacker from 1962 through 1964. Butkus was twice a unanimous All-American, in 1963 and 1964. Butkus won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football in 1963 as the Big Ten Most Valuable Player, and was named the American Football Coaches Association Player of the Year in 1964. Butkus also finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1963, and third in 1964, a remarkable achievement given his position. Center (C) is a position in American football. ... This article relates to sports. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... The Chicago Tribune Silver Football is awarded by the Chicago Tribune to the college football player determined to be the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation) The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... AFCA logo The American Football Coaches Association is an association of football coaches on all levels and is responsible for the Coaches Poll that determines the national champion each year. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ...


After his collegiate career, Butkus continued to receive recognition for his play. Butkus was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, and is one of only two players to have a uniform number (#50) retired by the University of Illinois (the other being Harold "Red" Grange). Butkus was also named to the Walter Camp All-Century team in 1990, and was named as the sixth-best college football player ever by College Football News in 2000. As perhaps the ultimate tribute to his excellence, in 1985 the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida created an award in his name. The Dick Butkus Award is given annually to the most outstanding linebacker in college football. In 2007, Butkus was ranked #19 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. College Football Hall of Fame front. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ... Walter Chauncey Camp (April 7, 1859 – March 14, 1925) was a sports writer and football coach known as the Father of American Football. Along with John Heisman, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glenn Scobey Warner, and George Halas, Camp was one of the most significant people in the history of American football. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... CollegeFootballNews. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Look up Award in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ...


NFL

Butkus was drafted in the first round by his hometown team, the Chicago Bears. In Chicago, Butkus became known for wreaking havoc on the opponent's backfield. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for 8 seasons, and was all-league six times. In his rookie season, Butkus led the team in tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries and regularly led the team in these categories throughout his career. Butkus recovered 25 fumbles in his career, an NFL record at the time of his retirement. He was one of most feared players of his era and even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1970 with the caption "The Most Feared Man in the Game." He was forced to retire after multiple knee injuries in 1973. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... NFL redirects here. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


Butkus filed a lawsuit against the Bears in 1975, claiming the Bears knowingly kept Butkus on the field when he should have had surgery on his knees. The Bears denied Butkus and their other players the right to seek second opinions with doctors other than the Bears team doctor, and the team would literally use painkillers so Butkus, a major gate attraction, would be active.


Because of the lawsuit, Butkus' relationship with owner George Halas was icy despite the fact the two shared much in common (Chicago born and raised, University of Illinois alumni, first-generation Americans). Butkus did return to the Bears as a color analyst on radio broadcasts in 1985, teaming with first-year play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee and former St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart. His longtime teammate Gale Sayers was also honored during a ceremony during halftime of a rain-soaked Monday night game between the Bears and Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. George Stanley Halas, Sr. ... Wayne Larrivee is an American sports broadcaster. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... James W. Jim Hart (born April 29, 1944 in Evanston, Illinois) was the quarterback of the St. ... Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas), also known as The Kansas Comet, was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... Soldier Field (formerly Municipal Grant Park Stadium) is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ...


He was also selected the 70th greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, the 9th best player in league history by The Sporting News, and the fifth best by the Associated Press. The National Football League named him to their all time team in 2000. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


XFL

In the summer of 2000, Dick Butkus was announced to be the coach of the Chicago Enforcers of the XFL. Although a few months later it was announced that he would not coach the Enforcers. Butkus was given a "promotion", and became the XFL Director of Competition. Many Chicago fans were disappointed that Butkus was removed from his coaching position. Butkus was replaced with Ron Meyer for the XFL's only season in 2001. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Categories: Chicago sports | Defunct American football teams | American football stubs ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Ron Meyer is a former College and Professional Football Coach. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ...


After football

  • After his career as a player, Butkus has become a well known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor. He has appeared in films such as Gus, Cracking Up, Necessary Roughness, and Any Given Sunday, and as a regular character on TV shows such as Blue Thunder, My Two Dads, and Hang Time. He made two appearances on the TV show "Coach". In an oft-rerun episode of Murder She Wrote, Butkus gave pleasure to his many female fans by appearing in a locker-room scene wearing nothing but a towel wrapped around his waist.
  • Butkus has formed "Mean & Clean" to address the issue of steroid abuse by young athletes.[citation needed]

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Bound for Glory

In 2005, Butkus "coached" a high school football team for an ESPN reality show, "Bound for Glory". The series documented the season of the Montour Spartans of Pittsburgh, Pa., and was told through the eyes and ears of the players, coaches, teachers, families and friends. The high school football team, which once celebrated heroic triumphs, had fallen on hard times - making the playoffs just once in the previous seven years. After starting the season with only 1 win and 6 losses, Butkus left the team and the show, citing the fact that he was only contracted for 8 weeks. ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Bound for glory was a television show on ESPN, from October 2005 to December 2005. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ...


Heritage

Butkus was born into a large Lithuanian family on the south side of Chicago. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


References

  1. ^ Rivera won't return to Bears for 2007 season on February 17, 2007

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Dick Butkus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (750 words)
Butkus was twice a unanimous All-American, in 1963 and 1964.
Butkus was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, and is one of only two players to have a uniform number (#50) retired by the University of Illinois.
Butkus' role in the booth was that of "cheerleader," as his devotion to the team appeared to have never waned.
ESPN.com: Butkus was one mean Bear (1133 words)
Butkus not only hits, he crushes and squeezes opponents with thick arms that also are extremely long.
Butkus, as mean as ever as a senior, repeated as an All-American in 1964.
Butkus, who is in both the college and pro hall of fames, spends his time these days golfing and acting.
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