The Butkus Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 and a private corporation, created to advance health and wellness through special cause marketing initiatives associated with Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.

Considered one of the greatest defensive players in history, Butkus is forever etched in America’s football culture as a man who changed the game through intensity, determination and persistence. Forty years after a knee injury ended his career, watching the Butkus 
highlight reel from NFL Films is still a pregame ritual for hundreds of high school and collegiate programs. Following his illustrious career, Butkus enjoyed success in business, broadcasting and entertainment, including appearances in more than 200 movies, television shows and commercials.

His entire football career stemmed from the state of Illinois. A native of Chicago, Butkus graduated from Chicago Vocational High School and the University of Illinois. He played his entire professional career for the Chicago Bears, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1979. An iconic 1970 Sports Illustrated cover described Butkus as “the most feared man of the game.”

Through his career, Butkus has placed high priority on giving back as a way to honor those who made his career possible and protect the game for generations to come. His lifelong commitment to philanthropy is what underpins the Butkus Foundation. As a USA Today reporter aptly noted, Butkus is making an even bigger impact off the field than he did on it.