NFL Legend Dick Butkus Passes Away: Remembering a Chicago Icon
NFL Legend Dick Butkus, the renowned Chicago Bears middle linebacker, has passed away at the age of 80.
Butkus, a Chicago native, is celebrated as one of the most fearsome defensive players in NFL history.
The Butkus Family confirmed his peaceful passing at his Malibu, California home.
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Butkus excelled at Chicago Vocational High School and the University of Illinois.
He was drafted by the Bears in 1965, one spot ahead of fellow Hall of Famer Gale Sayers.
Butkus was known for his talent, aggression, and relentless style on the field, earning respect and fear from opponents.
He played his entire NFL career, spanning eight seasons, with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1973.
Butkus achieved numerous accolades, including eight Pro Bowl selections and two NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
His No. 51 jersey was retired by the Bears, and he was named to the NFL's 75th and 100th Anniversary Teams.
Beyond his ferocity, Butkus possessed remarkable ball skills, setting an NFL record with 26 fumble recoveries.
He left an enduring legacy through his philanthropic work, including the Butkus Award and the "I Play Clean Campaign."
Dick Butkus's impact extended beyond football, with a successful career in entertainment, acting in movies and TV shows.