The Butkus Award is given yearly to the best linebackers at the high school, college, and pro level. In , Coca-Cola continued to issue bottle caps with player images on the bottom. In addition, Glendale Stamps has a Butkus portrait stamp that collectors frequently stuck into an album, making them a rare find today. Collectors could use the cards as a part of a separate game. Set builders have found that several of the Game Cards were double-printed, including Butkus' card, giving fans on a budget a great place to start their collection. In , the NFL Players Association issued an iron-on set of cards that could be attached to a shirt or jacket.
BEARS DICK BUTKUS MITCHELL & NESS LEGACY JERSEY (Jersey, Signed, or Personalized)
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Few people in football caused outright fear in opposing players but that's what helped set Dick Butkus apart from his peers. The hard-hitting middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears' Monsters of the Midway was a punishing defender. His play on the field earned him a reputation as a tough guy and collectors love tough guys. Because of this fact, Dick Butkus cards and autographed memorabilia have earned a place of honor in many collections. The Dick Butkus rookie card can be found in Philadelphia Football , which is considered by many football card collectors to be one of the top vintage sets of all-time. Player collectors can also pursue the highly collectible Coke Caps from and that feature Butkus. Butkus is one of them.
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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