While Terrell Owens was in Chattanooga planning his own ceremonythe other seven men who will be inducted into the football shrine Saturday night attended the Gold Jacket Luncheon in Canton. Their takeaway was tinged with awe. I've never experienced this level of greatness, this level of respect.
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The Butkus Award process started early in the football season with a Watch List of top linebackers across the country being named. The list was culled down to a final five last month with the final decision being announced on Wednesday. Dick Butkus played professionally for his hometown Chicago Bears after being drafted in
Bears chairman George H. McCaskey recently walked—yes walked—from Decatur to Chicago to symbolically recreate the trek that his grandfather, George Halas, took with his fledgling football team in Head coach Matt Nagy takes a trip to the south side to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game.
After four straight seasons without a postseason appearance, the Chicago Bears could use a draft like the one the franchise enjoyed a half-century ago. The Bears landed two of their most iconic players in running back Gale Sayers and linebacker Dick Butkus with the Nos. Sayers and Butkus?
Ernie Banks is generally acknowledged to be among the most positive people in the world of sports. But listening to Mr. Cub's giddy reaction to the news that a statue in his honor would be unveiled at Wrigley Field next spring was priceless.
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If the Dick Butkus Award selection committee got points for honesty, probably all of them would admit to skipping the Notre Dame vs. Temple football game on Saturday night. Another had 10 tackles and no interceptions, is not the FBS career leader in tackles nor has led his team in tackles in each and every game.