NFL Legend Dick Butkus Passes Away at 80
Forever Sports Online is saddened to report the passing of Dick Butkus, the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, at the age of 80. The football icon died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Malibu, California.
Butkus is best known for his legendary contributions to the Chicago Bears, where he played for nine seasons from the 1960s to the 1970s. During his illustrious career, he made eight Pro Bowls and established himself as one of the greatest players in NFL history.
The chairman of the Chicago Bears described Butkus as “Chicago’s son” and highlighted his incredible impact on the game. Butkus’s legacy will undoubtedly be remembered forever in the hearts of Bears fans.
Butkus retired at the young age of 31 due to a knee injury but went on to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. Four years later, in 1983, he was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
To honor his remarkable career, the Butkus Award was established, recognizing the top linebackers in professional, collegiate, and high school football. This prestigious award has become a symbol of excellence and is a testament to Butkus’s outstanding contributions to the sport.
Butkus’s passion for the game extended beyond his playing days. He pursued a successful career in acting and announcing, appearing in numerous television shows and movies. Additionally, he served as the Bears’ radio announcer and was a panelist on “The NFL Today” pregame show on CBS.
Butkus will be remembered for his fierce and passionate style of play, which made him the epitome of a model linebacker. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to Butkus, describing him as a fierce and passionate competitor who left an indelible mark on the game.
As we mourn the loss of this football legend, Butkus’s impact on the linebacker position and his association with the Chicago Bears will forever remain in the annals of football history. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans alike.