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Dick Butkus Tells Story of Nearly Getting Into a Fight With George Halas
ESPN Classic - Butkus was one mean Bear
In November , LIFE magazine published an article titled "The Year of the Rookie" -- a look at the remarkable crop of players making their debut in what LIFE characterized as "a rough world full of strange codes and crafty old pros. Here, as the pro football season wends its chaotic way toward the playoffs How many teams have a shot at the postseason this year? As LIFE told its readers:. In his first pro year, he has taken over the middle linebacker's job and helped restore the legendary ferocity of the Bears' defense. In the National League, so many first-year men have muscled into the starting lineup -- a record 25 -- that this has proved the Year of the Rookie. Among the rookies, Butkus so far is the best. A teammate halfback, Gale Sayers, has been the offensive star -- he scored four touchdowns in one game and at mid-season led the league ins coring.
Richard Marvin Butkus born December 9, is an American former football player, sports commentator, and actor. Renowned as a fierce tackler and for the relentless effort with which he played, Butkus is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most intimidating linebackers in pro football history. As a college football player at the University of Illinois , he was a linebacker and center for the Fighting Illini. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in
NFL Legends is back! After my good friend, Angel Navedo, left a post on my board saying that I needed to get back in the game, I turned off the TV, iPOD, and any other miscellaneous distractions and decided to finish an article I had started long ago. Now, unplug your phones, turn off those cells, and refrain from any other activities while Professor Williamson tells you the story of Dick Butkus. The Chicago Bears are not just one of the oldest teams, but they are also the team with the most players in the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Many of those members are definitely in the top 10 of their positions.