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Dick Butkus
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Butkus in 1984
No. 51
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: December 9, 1942 (1942-12-09) (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Vocational (Chicago, Illinois)
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1965–1972)
  • 6× First-team All-Pro (1965, 1967–1970, 1972)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1966, 1971)
  • 2× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1969, 1970)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • Chicago Bears No. 51 retired
  • UPI Lineman of the Year (1964)
  • Big Ten Most Valuable Player (1963)
  • 2× Consensus All-American (1963, 1964)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini No. 50 retired
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 119
Interceptions: 22
Fumble recoveries: 27
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is an American former football player. He is commonly considered as the greatest linebacker of his time. He was raised in Roseland, Chicago, Illinois.

In college, Butkus played for the University of Illinois. 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.

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