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Dick Butkus


Richard Marvin Butkus

Inducted 1983

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


University of Illinois (1962-1964)


Dick Butkus played with intensity and desire. At 6-3, 237-pounds, he was a devastating center and linebacker for Illinois from 1962 through 1964. According to his coach, Pete Elliott, Butkus, "...never took a loafing step." That included warm-ups, practices and games. He was a unanimous All-America in 1963 and 1964. Against Ohio State in 1963, Butkus made 23 tackles, a school record. Against Washington on January 1, 1964, he made an interception late in the game that sealed a Rose Bowl victory for Illinois. Since 1950, only one player at his position has been voted Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten; that was Butkus in 1963. The American Football Coaches Association named him Player of the Year in 1964. After college, he starred for the Chicago Bears at linebacker. In 1970, he was named to the all-time Big Ten team and in 1989 he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He became a TV commentator and he hosted a national golf tournament which raised money for treatment of cystic fibrosis. He was named to the Walter Camp all-century team in 1990. In 1985, a trophy given to the best college linebacker each year was began. It is called the Butkus Award.


Height 6'3

Weight 237

Career Highlights

  • 1964 All-Conference
  • 1964 Consensus All-America
  • 1964 Heisman - Third
  • 1963 All-Conference
  • 1963 Conference MVP
  • 1963 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1963 Unanimous All-America
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