Dick Butkas 8x10 AUTO SIGNED Photo HOF Chicago Bears TRISTAR COA
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Richard Marvin Butkus(born December 9, 1942) is an American formerfootballplayer, sports commentator, and actor. He played professional football as alinebackerfor theChicago Bearsof theNational Football League(NFL) from 1965 to 1973. Through those nine seasons he was invited to eightPro Bowls, named a first-teamAll-Prosix times, and was twice recognized by his peers as the NFL'sDefensive Player of the Year. Renowned as a fierce tackler and for the relentless effort with which he played, Butkus is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most intimidating linebackers in pro football history.
Butkus was drafted by the Bears as the third overall pick in the1965 NFL Draft. He soon established himself as a ball hawk with his penchant for forcingturnovers. In his NFL career, he intercepted 22 passes, recovered 27 fumbles (a record when he retired),[a]and was responsible for causing many more fumbles with his jarring tackles. His tackling ability earned him both admiration and trepidation from opposing players. According to Hall of Fame defensive endDeacon 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, theNFL Networknamed Butkus the most feared tackler of all time.
Butkus is credited with having defined themiddle linebackerposition, and is still viewed as the "gold standard by which other middle linebackers are measured."He was inducted into thePro Football Hall of Famein 1979, and his No. 51 jersey isretiredby the Bears. Following his playing career, Butkus began careers in acting, sports commentary, and celebrity endorsement. He is active in philanthropy through the Butkus Foundation, which manages various charitable causes.