Dave Butz, a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest football players in Illinois state history, has passed away. He was 72.
According to a team official, the Commanders were told of Butz’s passing on Friday. However, neither the location nor the reason for Butz’s demise was immediately discovered.
At Maine South, Butz excelled in three sports. In basketball, he amassed more than 1,500 points; in football, he was an All-American. He also held the state discus record for 13 years.
Butz entered the e NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he played his first two seasons and 14 of his 16 NFL seasons until joining the Washington Redskins (1973-74). He was a crucial member of Washington’s defence during its first two Super Bowl-winning teams. At 6-8 and nearly 300 pounds, he was one of the heaviest players in the league at the time (after the 1982 and 1987 seasons).
When Butz announced his retirement following the 1988 season, he commented, “Every quarterback I hit knows I hit him.”
Butz, who Purdue selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1973 draught, was selected for the All-Pro team and placed second in the vote for Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 when he played all 16 games for Washington and recorded 1112 sacks. That year, he was also a Pro Bowl selection.
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When the team celebrated its 90th anniversary, Butz was selected as one of the 90 finest players in the organisation’s history and is a member of Washington’s Ring of Fame.
The team expressed its “heartbreak” over the passing of a “Washington legend” on Twitter.
Joe Theismann, a former teammate and quarterback for Washington, wrote on Facebook: “Lost a close buddy tonight. Doug Butz, I used to bike to games with Dave and Mark Moseley. a genuine kind giant. Peace be with you, dear friend.
In 216 regular-season games with the Cardinals and Washington, Butz recorded 64 sacks. Due to a mistake in his rookie contract, he was a free agent after his second season with the Cardinals. As payment for signing him, Washington forfeited two first-round and second-round picks.
He was chosen for the second team all-’80s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his performance in the era.
Butz is also part of the Purdue football team’s all-time greats. 2014 saw his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Butz participated in 197 games for Washington during his final NFL season in 1988, a record for the team. Butz recounted one of his two career interceptions, which occurred in 1981 against the Bears, falling six inches shy of a score in an interview with the Washington Post around the time he broke the record.
The only thing that went well was that Walter Payton missed me. Butz mentioned the storied Bears running back when speaking about his close call. It was a bad thing that the centre did.
On the day he broke the record, Butz was awarded the game ball. The words “Six inches too short” were written on it.
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