“Thinking of his family today”: Former President Barack Obama Joins NFL Community to Honor the Legacy of the Late Dick Butkus, 80

Published 10/07/2023, 9:52 AM EDT

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The world of the NFL lost one of its greatest gems and the world will be all the more saddened about it. The greatest of all time and a historical figure in the NFL tragically passed away on the 5th of October, 2023. He was the pioneer of his time and absolutely honorable sportsman. Often hailed as one of the best linebackers of the sport, he was the revolutionary Dick Butkus.

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Dick Butkus met with his demise at the age of 80 and his family said that the veteran passed away in his sleep at his California home. The world of football is grieving right now as they all collectively come together and express their condolences for the toughest man who ever stepped foot on the field. Several celebrities, including former POTUS, have poured in their regard for the legend and continue to pray for his family in this tough time.

Dick Butkus gets honored by the inspirational Barack Obama

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Butkus’ athleticism and indomitable persona made him one of the best linebackers to ever grace the gridiron. Following his passing, many Bears’ fans, including celebrities, posted on X, to celebrate his game and life. Former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama took to Twitter to express his sadness as well. He called him one of the best players of the Chicago Bears, saying, “In Chicago, Dick Butkus was football. Thinking of his family today, and all the Bears fans who loved watching one of the best to ever play the game.”

Like Obama, several other celebrities also took to their social media to express their condolences for Butkus. Mick Foley, the former WWE wrestler, wrote, “I just learned of the passing of @ChicagoBears LB Dick Butkus. My favorite all-time player.” The loss of Butkus will be remembered for several generations to come as he left behind a legacy as a decorated star.

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Dick Butkus and the glorious legacy he will be remembered by

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Butkus was often called the ‘Monster of the Midway’ for how he used to tackle any player who would cross his path. The playmaking skills were phenomenal and persisted throughout the 8 years he was with the Chicago Bears from 1965-1973. Unfortunately, he had to retire from professional football at the age of 31 when he suffered from a critical back injury.

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Butkus was one of the players who set the stage for the later years of the NFL yet to come. His ferocity and the sheer courage with which he would lock horns are inspirational to millions of football fans to this very day. And now with his sad passing, he has left behind a void in the hearts of the oldest fans of the NFL and the glory with which Butkus led the Bears with for his entire career.

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Rest in peace, legend. The man with a resonating presence was gone all too soon.

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Jeevesh Singh is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He has a keen interest in off-court coverage and loves to talk about the sentiments involved in the athletes’ careers. Jeevesh is a skilled content writer with a passion for NFL.
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