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Dick Butkus


1942 Born December 9 in Chicago, Illinois
1962-64 Two-time All-America in three seasons at the University of Illinois.
1964 Helps lead Illinois to 17-7 Rose Bowl victory over the University of Washington.
1965 Chicago Bears of National Football League draft him in first round (third overall); Denver Broncos of American Football League also draft him in second round. Butkus signs with Bears.
1965 Makes 11 unassisted tackles in NFL debut against San Francisco 49ers.
1970 Panel of NFL coaches vote Butkus as player they would start with if they were building a team from scratch.
1973 Retires as player; was named all-NFL in seven of nine seasons and played in eight Pro Bowls
1974 Sues Chicago Bears, alleging mistreatment of his knee injury; eventually settles out of court for $600,000
1997 Undergoes knee reconstruction surgery
2002 San Diego Chargers sign Butkus's nephew, Luke, who also played at the University of Illinois

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