- Football Player, Television Personality, Athlete
Dick Butkus known for his aggression and toughness on the field as much as for his playmaking ability.
Butkus is considered among the best middle linebackers of all time.
His career was shortened by injuries, and after retirement he became active in television and sports promotion.
He was widely regarded as one of the best and most durable linebackers of all time.
Butkus started as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears.
He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
Billed at 6 ft 3 in, 245 lb, he was one of the most feared and intimidating linebackers of his time, being named the most feared tackler of all time by NFL.
Butkus has become a well known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor. He has appeared in films such as The Longest Yard, Gus, Cracking Up, Necessary Roughness, Any Given Sunday, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Hamburger… The Motion Picture, Johnny Dangerously and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and as a regular character on TV shows such as Blue Thunder, My Two Dads, and Hang Time.
TV movie Brian’s Song, he portrayed himself. ABC hit Rich Man, Poor Man, where he played ‘Al Fanducci’, a World War II army soldier who gets into a street brawl with ‘Tom Jordache’ (played by Nick Nolte).
Butkus portrayed Brom Bones in the television movie production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Butkus also appeared in episodes of Coach, Growing Pains, Night Court, The Rockford Files, MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, Emergency!, The Six Million Dollar Man, McMillan & Wife and Magnum, P.I..
Butkus was hired as the replacement for Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder on CBS’ pregame show The NFL Today, serving as an analyst.
Butkus promoted the “Qwik-Cook Grill,” a grill utilizing newspaper as its main fuel, on TV infomercials. Butkus starred in a FedEx commercial entitled “I’m Sorry Dick Butkus” . In this commercial, Butkus is brought in to help a small business go global.
Butkus made a guest appearance on the Disney Channel series I Didn’t Do It. The plot of the episode he appeared in (“Ball or Nothing”) revolved around a football signed by Butkus.