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In 1966, Butkus was named the second-team middle linebacker on the All-Pro teams of the AP, UPI, Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and New York Daily News, with each selector placing him behind Ray Nitschke of the Green Bay Packers.
Butkus scored the first points of his career on November 9, 1969, when he tackled Steelers quarterback Dick Shiner in the end zone for a safety.
Richard Marvin Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player, sports commentator, and actor.
He played professional football as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) from 1965 to 1972.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Butkus played his entire football career in his home state, which began at Chicago Vocational High School.
As a college football player at the University of Illinois, he was a linebacker and center for the Fighting Illini.
According to Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones, Butkus "was a well-conditioned animal, and every time he hit you, he tried to put you in the cemetery, not the hospital." In 2009, the NFL Network named Butkus the most feared tackler of all time.
He finished third in balloting for the AP's rookie of the year award, behind Sayers and Ken Willard of the San Francisco 49ers, with AP sportswriter Jack Hand remarking that Butkus would have certainly won if there was a separate award for defenders.In both 19, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the NEA, which was voted on by NFL players.Prior to the 1971 season, Butkus underwent preventive surgery on his right knee; he had torn ligaments in high school, but was able to continuing playing due to strong muscles compensating for the injury.In 1963, Illinois compiled an 8–1–1 record and defeated Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl.Butkus was named the team's most valuable player for the season, as well as being awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player.
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Being from the South Side, he grew up a fan of the Chicago Cardinals, and attended their games at Comiskey Park.