Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 80

Nobody hit like Dick Butkus. Nobody before, nobody since. Given the evolution of the game he symbolized, it is safe to say nobody ever will again.
His intensity and desire were unmatched. It seemed as if he were bigger than everyone. Meaner and tougher, too.
In a video for NFL Films, John Facenda, in typically dramatic fashion, said Butkus played “with a religious fervor, with an unrelenting obsession not only to excel but to dominate and demoralize.”
It may have been an understatement.
Butkus died Thursday at age 80. His family issued a statement through the Bears, saying he “died…

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