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Legend Dick Butkus, NFL Player, Dies

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Dick Butkus, whose impact on football remains profound, has passed away. He died on Thursday, October 5, 2023, in his Malibu, California home.

His contributions while with the Chicago Bears are well-documented. The linebacker position was forever changed due to his outstanding skills and commitment. His legacy continues with an award and a foundation named in his honor, both geared towards aiding retired players.

Commenting on Butkus’s contributions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remarked, “Dick’s intuition, toughness, and athleticism helped define the linebacker position at all levels of the game.” This view is echoed by many in the football community who hold Butkus in high regard.

Several personalities from the sports domain expressed their condolences. Among them were WWE’s Mick Foley, Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs, and Jarrett Payton, the son of football star Walter Payton.

Beyond football, Butkus had roles in television, most prominently as Ed Klawicki in “My Two Dads” during the 1980s. Staci Keanan, his fellow actor on the show, spoke of his unexpected comedic side, contrasting his on-field image.

His legacy spans across various domains, leaving a lasting mark. He is survived by his spouse, Helen, and their three offspring.

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