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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
By United Press International
Notre Dame's plays way into BCS title game against Alabama

Notre Dame's plays way into BCS title game against Alabama

That Alabama reached the BCS title game isn't a surprise, although the path taken was, but that the Crimson Tide's opponent is Notre Dame, that wasn't expected.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
By United Press International

Alabama's McClain wins Butkus Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Alabama junior Rolando McClain has won the 2009 Dick Butkus Award as the nation's top collegiate linebacker.

Wake Forest's Curry win Butkus Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Wake Forest senior Aaron Curry Tuesday won the Butkus Award, awarded annually to the nation's best college linebacker.

NFL hall members to flock to Canton

CANTON, Ohio, July 17 (UPI) -- Nearly 70 NFL Hall of Fame members have committed to attend this year's induction ceremony on Aug. 2 at Canton, Ohio.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007.
By United Press International

Football great Butkus sues Florida club

ORLANDO, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- NFL football great Dick Butkus is suing a Florida athletic club to gain control of an award that bears his name. Butkus is suing the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which annually gives the Butkus Award to college football's top linebacker.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2005 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

Butkus a good cop in 1st day as coach

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame football player Dick Butkus played the good cop in his first day as coach of the Montour Spartans in the new TV reality show "Bound for Glory."

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 9, the 344th day of 2004 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2003 with 22 to follow.
By United Press International

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Dick Butkus
SLX2001120401 - DECEMBER 1969: In December 1969, after Brian Piccolo underwent surgery for removal of a .malignant tumor, he and his wife, Joy, admire a handmade lamp given to him by a Chicago Bears fan. The lamp's base has figurines of (from left) running back Ronnie Bull, linebacker Dick Butkus and Piccolo. The remake of Brian's Song was shown on Sunday on ABC. rlw/FILES UPI
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Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player, widely regarded as the greatest linebacker of his generation and one of the best football players of all time. Butkus starred as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Butkus was born into a large Lithuanian family of eight children on the south side of Chicago. He played high school football for Coach Bernie O'Brien at Chicago Vocational School. There he met his three lifelong friends Patrick O'Neill, Tyler Volk, and Eric Parker who played linebacker with him in high school. The group was infamously known around the conference as the ferocious quartet. Their coach, Alex Fairhart, was a mentor and good friend of the "quartet".

Despite growing up in Chicago, Butkus wasn't much of a Bears fan at the time, preferring to go to some Chicago Cardinals games at Comiskey Park and enjoyed watching Thanksgiving games between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

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