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Dick Butkus

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Dick Butkus
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Butkus c. 1995
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Personal information
Born:(1942-12-09)December 9, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died:October 5, 2023(2023-10-05) (aged 80)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Vocational (Chicago, Illinois)
NFL Draft:1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:119
Fumble recoveries:27
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (December 9, 1942 – October 5, 2023) was an American former football player.[1] He was commonly considered as the greatest linebacker of his time.[2] He was raised in Roseland, Chicago, Illinois.

In college, Butkus played for the University of Illinois.[3] He played professional football in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.[4]

Butkus died in his sleep at his home in Malibu, California, on October 5, 2023, at the age of 80.[5] The cause of death was a stroke caused by atrial fibrillation, atherosclerosis, and hypercholesterolemia.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dick Butkus Biography". Bio/A&E Television Networks, LLC. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. "Top Ten Most Feared Tacklers: Dick Butkus". NFL.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  3. Larry Schwartz. "Butkus was one mean Bear". ESPN. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. "Middle Linebacker Dick Butkus". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. Mitchell, Fred (October 5, 2023). "Dick Butkus, legendary Chicago Bears linebacker and Hall of Famer, dies at 80". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  6. DeArdo, Bryan (November 8, 2023). "Dick Butkus, Bears legend and Hall of Fame linebacker, cause of death at 80 revealed". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 15, 2023.