Born and raised in Chicago, Dick Butkus started his football journey at Chicago Vocational High School and the University of Illinois.
In 1965, the Chicago Bears selected Butkus as the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, ahead of his teammate Gale Sayers.
Known for his ferocity, Butkus was a Pro Bowler for eight consecutive seasons and a seven-time All-Pro during his nine-year NFL career.
He earned two NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards and entered the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1979.
Butkus set records with 26 fumble recoveries and 22 career interceptions, showcasing his remarkable abilities.
Beyond football, he was a philanthropist, founding The Butkus Foundation and the Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness.
After retiring, Butkus ventured into acting, appearing in popular TV shows and movies alongside fellow football star Bubba Smith.
His No. 51 jersey was retired by the Bears, and he was named to the NFL's 75th and 100th Anniversary Teams.
Butkus's legacy extends beyond football; he's remembered for his kindness and commitment to making a difference in the world.
Dick Butkus remains an enduring symbol of Chicago's spirit, inspiring generations with his prowess on the field and compassion off it.