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Category: Athlete Appearances, Football, Hall of Famers, Top Football Speakers

Highlights: Widely regarded as one of the greatest linebackers of all-time, Hall of Famer Dick Butkus played for the Chicago Bears from 1965-1973. He played college football at the University of Illinois.

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Dick Butkus is a former NFL linebacker who spent his entire nine-year career from 1965-1973 playing for the Chicago Bears. Considered one of the most dominating linebackers in the history of football, Butkus is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Beginning in 1985 the Butkus Award has been awarded each year to the top high school, collegiate and NFL linebackers in the United States.

Butkus was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade and 1970s All-Decade teams and to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary and 100th Anniversary teams. In 1969 and 1970, he won back-to-back NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors and was selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls between 1965-1972. He was six times named first-team All-Pro (1965, 1967-1970, 1972) and twice was chosen as a second-team All-Pro (1966, 1971). The Bears retired his jersey #51 in 1994 and, in 2004, the team unveiled a statue at Soldier Field of Butkus and several other Bears legends

Butkus was born on December 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois and played college football at the University of Illinois, where he was a two-time All-American in 1963 and 1964. He was named the Big Ten Conference MVP in 1963 and had his jersey #50 retired by the Fighting Illini in 1986, just the second such honor ever bestowed by the school (the other being Red Grange). Off the field, Butkus has appeared in numerous movies such as “The Longest Yard”, “Brian’s Song” and “Any Given Sunday”. He also founded the Butkus Foundation to support various charitable endeavors, including the Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness and the I Play Clean Campaign.

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