Dick is a Legendary NFL Player with the Chicago Bears. After a stellar career at Illinois, he was drafted by the Bears in 1965 (the same year Chicago signed Gale Sayers). Butkus performed superbly on relatively poor Chicago teams.
He recovered 25 fumbles during his career.
His jersey number was 51.
He was forced to retire after multiple knee injuries in 1973.
His jersey number was 50 at Illinois University.
He was an All-American two years in a row.
He went to the University of Illinois.
He was voted 9th best player in league history by The Sporting News.
He was selected the 70th greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN.
He filled a lawsuit at the Bears in 1975 for negligence.
He was named Player of the Year in 1964.
He has an award named after him called the Dick Butkus Award.
He was a first round draft pick.
He was inducted into the College football Hall of Fame in 1983.
He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1979.
He played professional football from 1965-1973.
He has been to nine Pro Bowls.
He was a middle linebacker.
He played for the Chicago Bears.
He's well-known for his punishing tackles.
As of 2007 his jersey is one of thirteen to be retired by the Bears.
Dick: I never set out to hurt anybody deliberately unless it was, you know, important. Like a league game or something.