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Dick Butkus

Awards And Accomplishments

1963 Silver Football Award as Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player after leading Illinois to conference championship
1963-64 College All-America at linebacker position while playing for University of Illinois; all Big-Ten selection as linebacker and center
1964 Selected National Football Player of the Year by National Football Coaches Association
1965 Selected NFL Rookie of the Year
1971 In rare offensive play, caught leaping pass for winning extra point as Bears defeated Washington Redskins, 16-15
1979 Selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
1983 Selected to College Football Hall of Fame
1985 Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando establishes Butkus Award for nation's top college football linebacker
1986 University of Illinois retires his jersey number (50)
1994 Chicago Bears retire his jersey number (51)
1995 Selected to Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

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