DICK BUTKUS AWARD WINNERS
Dick Butkus is synonymous with his position - ...Linebacker - and his name is identified with the most prestigious award a linebacker in collegiate football can receive-the Butkus Award ®.
The award was established in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando (FL) and is presented to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. The recipient is chosen by a selection committee whose members are familiar with the collegiate football scene. In nine years in the professional ranks, Mr. Butkus gave his own definition and nuance to the term "linebacker," and his play established a role model that every man who has played the position since has attempted to emulate. Butkus was named to the NFL All Star team seven times and played in eight Pro Bowls before retiring from professional football in 1973.
2012 - Manti Te'o, Notre Dame