Dick was an animal. I called him a maniac. A stone maniac. He was a well-conditioned animal, and every time he hit you, he tried to put you in the cemetery, not the hospital.
— Deacon Jones, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end
For eight straight years Dick Butkus led the Monsters of the Midway in tackles, averaging 120 tackles and 58 assists a season. The Monsters of The Midway were Brian Urlacher, Mike Singletary, and Dick Butkus. In 1967, he recorded a career-high 18 sacks. Butkus possessed a desire to excel that few have ever equaled. He played as the Chicago Bears’ middle linebacker for nine years with only one goal in mind – to be the best, and from the very start, he was just that. In his rookie season, Butkus, a first-round draft choice, had only one challenger for National Football League Rookie of the Year honors, teammate Gale Sayers. Butkus — joined running backs Gale Sayers and Walter Payton on the NFL 100 All-Time Team. All-Pro in seven of his nine seasons in the league. Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was chosen as a member of the 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams. His Jersey number is currently retired.
The Butkus Award is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels of football. The award, named in his honor is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the “I Play Clean” anti-steroid program.
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