AWARD

"When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back."

- DICK BUTKUS

About the Butkus Award

Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award® is one of the elite individual honors, originally given each year to one player in college football: the most impactful linebacker in the game. In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community. Since that time, the award has honored the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee conducts the selection process each year. The committee is comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college, and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists.

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Past Butkus Award Winners

Professional Players

Collegiate Players

High School Players

For more information about individual years, such as the Butkus Award of 2019, the Butkus Award of 2018, Roquan Smith of Georgia’s achievement in 2017, any other past Butkus award winners, or the best players on this year’s watch list, learn more at The Butkus Award.