Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
1942 – Richard Marvin Butkus was born in Chicago, Illinois on the 9th of December.
1962 – He played center and linebacker for the University of Illinois. He was twice a unanimous All-American. Won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten Most Valuable Player. He finished 6th in Heisman Trophy balloting.
1964 – He was named the American Football Coaches Association Player of the Year. He finished 3rd in Heisman Trophy balloting.
1973 – He was forced to retire after multiple knee injuries.
1975 – He filed a lawsuit against the Bears.
1979 – He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1983 – He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
1985 – The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida created an award in his name. He returned to the Bears as a color analyst on radio broadcasts.
1990 – He was named to the Walter Camp All-Century team.
2000 – He was named as the 6th best college football player ever by College Football News. He was announced to be the coach of the Chicago Enforcers of the XFL.
2001 – He was replaced with Ron Meyer for the XFL.
2005 – He coached a high school football team for an ESPN reality show, "Bound for Glory".