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

Our Mission Statement

 

Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award® is one of the elite individual honors in college football. In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, conduct the selection process.

 

Past Award Winners

Professional

  • 2018-19 - Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
  • 2017-18 - Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
  • 2016-17 - Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
  • 2015 - Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
  • 2014 - Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
  • 2013 - NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2012 - Von Miller, Denver Broncos
  • 2011 - Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens
  • 2011 - DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2010 - Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
  • 2009 - Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2008 - DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Collegiate

  • 2019 - Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
  • 2018 - Devin White, LSU
  • 2017 - Roquan Smith, Georgia
  • 2016 - Reuben Foster, Alabama
  • 2015 - Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
  • 2014 - Eric Kendricks, UCLA
  • 2013 - C.J. Mosley, Alabama
  • 2012 - Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
  • 2011 - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • 2010 - Von Miller, Texas A&M
  • 2009 - Rolando McClain, Alabama
  • 2008 - Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
  • 2007 - James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
  • 2006 - Patrick Willis, Mississippi
  • 2005 - Paul Posluszny, Penn State
  • 2004 - Derrick Johnson, Texas
  • 2003 - Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
  • 2002 - E. J. Henderson, Maryland
  • 2001 - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
  • 2000 - Dan Morgan, Miami
  • 1999 - LaVar Arrington, Penn State
  • 1998 - Chris Claiborne, U.S.C.
  • 1997 - Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio State
  • 1996 - Matt Russell, Colorado
  • 1995 - Kevin Hardy, Illinois
  • 1994 - Dana Howard, Illinois
  • 1993 - Trev Alberts, Nebraska
  • 1992 - Marvin Jones, Florida State
  • 1991 - Erick Anderson, Michigan
  • 1990 - Alfred Williams, Colorado
  • 1989 - Percy Snow, Michigan State
  • 1988 - Derrick Thomas, Alabama
  • 1987 - Paul McGowan, Florida State
  • 1986 - Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
  • 1985 - Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma

High School

  • 2019 - Justin Flowe, Upland HS
  • 2018 - Nakobe Dean, Horn Lake
  • 2017 - Solomon Tuliaupupu, Mater Dei
  • 2016 - Dylan Moses, IMG Academy
  • 2015 - Caleb Kelly, Clovis West
  • 2014 - Malik Jefferson, Ralph H. Poteet
  • 2013 - Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County
  • 2012 - Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers
  • 2011 - Noor Davis, Leesburg
  • 2010 - Tony Steward, Menendez
  • 2009 - Jordan Hicks, Lakota West
  • 2008 - Manti Te'o, Punahou