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After his collegiate career, Butkus was drafted in the first round by his hometown team, the Chicago Bears. In Chicago, Butkus became known for wreaking havoc on the opponent's backfield. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 9 seasons. He was all league six times. Butkus recovered 25 fumbles in his career, an NFL record at the time of his retirement. He was forced to retire after multiple knee injuries in 1973.
Butkus' #51 has been retired by the Bears. He was also selected the 70th greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, the 9th best player in league history by The Sporting News, and the fifth best by the Associated Press. The National Football League named him to their all time team in 2000. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
After his career as a player, Butkus has become a well known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor. He has appeared in films such as Necessary Roughness and Any Given Sunday.
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