Play pro football. I love the game. Richard Marvin Butkus Two-time Illinois All-American First-round draft pick,
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He was exceptionally large for a linebacker playing in the s 6 feet 3 inches [1. Butkus played both fullback and linebacker at Chicago Vocational High School. As a middle linebacker at the University of Illinois —64 , he earned consensus All-America honours in and , his senior season, when he also finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy an exceptional result for a defensive player. He signed with his hometown team, and in his first year with the Bears he intercepted five passes and was selected for the first of eight consecutive Pro Bowls. Butkus, who led the Bears in tackles in each of his first eight seasons in the league, was famous for his ability to strip the ball during a tackle.
His on-field meanness and loyalty to his team and native city reflected football of the s. Butkus was elected to the pro and college football Halls of Fame, and the award for the top college linebacker in the United States bears his name. High school and college linebacking standouts are known to wear Butkus's pro number 51 , which the Bears retired. I pray that I can get up every time Butkus hits me. Butkus, who grew up with his blue-collar, Lithuanian family on the South Side of Chicago, wanted to play pro football by the fifth grade.
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