I Play Clean™

NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker Dick Butkus

NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is bringing his legendary tenacity to the fight against steroid abuse in high school sports. Dick and his son, Matt, a former defensive stalwart for the USC Trojans, lead Team Butkus in I Play Clean™, a program promoting athletic excellence through training nutrition and attitude.

  • LetterToParents.pdf Letter To Parents (23KB) A letter from Dick and Matt Butkus to Coaches, Educators, Parents and Fans.

Sports Biography

Butkus played gridiron football as a fullback and linebacker at Chicago Vocational High School. At the University of Illinois, he played middle linebacker (1962-64), earning All-America honors in 1963 and 1964. He also starred in the 1963 Rose Bowl game, a 17-7 Illinois victory over the University of Washington.

In his first year with the Bears (1965), Butkus intercepted five passes, and in 1970 NFL coaches voted him the player whom they would most like to have on their teams. In a career shortened by injuries, Butkus accumulated 1,020 tackles, 22 interceptions, and 25 fumble recoveries. After retiring in 1973, he was active in television and films. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.