Dick Butkus, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dies at 80
Dick Butkus, a Hall of Fame linebacker who was considered one of the most feared defenders in NFL history, died on Thursday at the age of 80.
Butkus was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1942. He played college football at the University of Illinois, where he was a two-time All-American. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft.
Butkus quickly established himself as one of the best linebackers in the NFL. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1969. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
Butkus was known for his ferocious tackling and his ability to intimidate opposing offenses. He was once called “the meanest man in football” by former Bears coach George Halas.
Butkus retired from the NFL in 1973. He later worked as a broadcaster and actor. He was a popular figure in Chicago and was considered a legend of the Bears franchise.
Butkus’ death is a major loss for the NFL and for Chicago. He was a true legend of the game and his legacy will live on for generations to come.
Comments from coaches and players
- George Halas, former Bears coach: “Dick Butkus was the meanest man in football. He was a great player and a great person.”
- Walter Payton, former Bears running back: “Dick Butkus was my idol. He was the toughest player I ever played against.”
- Mike Ditka, former Bears coach: “Dick Butkus was a Hall of Famer and a Chicago icon. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.”
Dick Butkus was a true legend of the NFL. He was a ferocious defender who was feared by opposing offenses. He was also a popular figure in Chicago and was considered a legend of the Bears franchise. His death is a major loss for the NFL and for Chicago.