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Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (born December 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois (Chicago, Illinois: more facts about this subject) ) is a former American football (American football: A game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays) player and actor. He began playing football as a boy in Chicago. He graduated from Vocational High School in Chicago before continuing his education at the University of Illinois (University of Illinois: the university of illinois at urbana-champaign, also known as uiuc and the u of i (the officially... [follow hyperlink for more...]) , Urbana (Urbana: A university town in east central Illinois adjoining Champaign) -Champaign (Champaign: A university town in east central Illinois adjoining Urbana) . At Illinois, Butkus was a fearsome linebacker (linebacker: The position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage) . He was twice named All-American (All-American: the term "all-american" has various uses:... [follow hyperlink for more...]) (1962, 1963). Such was his excellence that in 1985, an award for outstanding college linebacker was created in his name. After his collegiate career, Butkus was drafted in the first round by his hometown team, the Chicago Bears (Chicago Bears: the chicago bears are a national football league team based in chicago.... [follow hyperlink for more...]) . In Chicago, Butkus became known for wreaking havoc on the opponent's backfield. He was selected to the Pro Bowl (Pro Bowl: the pro bowl is the national football leagues all-star game.... [follow hyperlink for more...]) in 9 seasons. He was all league six times. Butkus recovered 25 fumbles in his career, an NFL (NFL: the national football league (nfl) is the largest and most popular professional american... [follow hyperlink for more...]) record at the time of his retirement. He was forced to retire after multiple knee injuries in 1973. Butkus' #51 has been retired by the Bears. He was also selected the 70th greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN (ESPN: espn, an abbreviation of entertainment and sports programming network, is an american... [follow hyperlink for more...]) , the 9th best player in league history by The Sporting News (The Sporting News: the sporting news (tsn) is an american-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated... [follow hyperlink for more...]) , and the fifth best by the Associated Press (Associated Press: the associated press, or ap, is an american news agency that claims to be the worlds... [follow hyperlink for more...]) . The National Football League named him to their all time team in 2000. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Pro Football Hall of Fame: the pro football hall of fame is actually the national football leagues hall of fame.... [follow hyperlink for more...]) in 1979. After his career as a player, Butkus has become a well known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor. He has appeared in films such as Necessary Roughness and Any Given Sunday.
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Dick Butkus 
09 Dezember, 1942 
Chicago, Illinois 
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