Dick Butkus

Hall of Famer Dick Butkus was one of the most intimidating players in the NFL when he played middle linebacker for the Bears from 1965-1973.  At the snap of the ball, he attacked the opposing team and clawed at anyone in his way in a frenzied pursuit of running backs and quarterbacks. Butkus was one of those players who took to football at a young age and it meant a great deal to him. As a boy in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood he spent many hours honing his football skills even before he was old enough to play on a team. He played ball at Chicago Vocational High School and then attended the University of Illinois. His many college awards led him to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Butkus was drafted as the third overall player in the 1965 draft held in November of 1964, while teammate Gale Sayers was selected fourth. Butkus was an All-Pro 5 times and invited to the Pro Bowl 8 times. Butkus was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice.  This Monster of the Midway is numbered among the 100 Greatest Bears in Franchise History. Butkus retired after the 1973 Season.

New Sporting Chance Press Football Book for Youth:

PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Halas who was present in the first days of the National Football League (NFL) all the way into the modern age of football. Author Patrick McCaskey, a Chicago Bears Vice President and Director, is a grandson of Papa Bear George Halas. McCaskey highlights his grandfather’s life with key events from the 20th century. McCaskey follows Halas as a student, athlete, soldier, coach, team owner—a man of commerce and community. Halas’s 20th century path is laid out before readers.

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