Butkus played defense and offense at The University of Illinois. Butkus, even by today's standards, was known as ferocious, very aggressive, and a crushing hitter. He mastered the middle linebacker position. He was the third pick in the first round in by the Bears. He only played for the Chicago Bears from
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Joseph's College in the s. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Chicago Bears middle linebacker Dick Butkus walks dejectedly along Chicago Bears sidelines Sunday, January 26, as injuries prevented him playing against the Minnesota Vikings. Associated Press. National Football League.
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He came from a family of large people and weighed over thirteen pounds at birth. However, he was small and unathletic as a child, which was a relief to his mother, who did not want him playing football and risking injury the way his brothers did in high school. But Butkus had wanted to be a football player as long as he could remember, and he grew bigger and stronger. He selected the University of Illinois from all the colleges vying for him.