Dick Butkus, Bears Hall of Famer, dead at 80

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The Hall of Fame linebacker was 80.

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“He refused to accept anything less than the best from himself, or from his teammates. “His contributions to the sport he loved will last forever, and we’re grateful he could be there at our home opener to be celebrated by his many fans.” He made 1,020 tackles and 22 interceptions. He also recovered 27 fumbles. In 1974, he suffered a serious knee injury at the age of 31. His career ended soon after. In 1979, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Dick’s intuitiveness, toughness, and athleticism made his name the model linebacker, whose name will be forever linked to this position and the Chicago Bears.”
We send our sincerest condolences the Butkus Family, the Bears Organization, and the many people and fans he touched throughout his life. He was a star at Chicago Vocational High School, and later at Illinois. Butkus enjoyed a successful acting career after his playing days. He appeared in films from

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. Butkus also worked as an analyst on CBS’ NFL Today in the late 1980s. Butkus also spent time as an analyst on CBS’ NFL Today in the late 1980s.

Despite all his off-the-field accolades, he was remembered most for his fierce hits between the lines.“I wouldn’t ever go out to hurt anybody deliberately,” Butkus once deadpanned when asked about his reputation. “Unless it was, you know, important … like a league game or something.”Butkus is survived by his wife, Helen, and their three children Ricky, Matt and Nikki.