The Chicago Bears have had their fair share of hard-nosed, tough players throughout the years. One of the toughest of all time had to be Dick Butkus. The former linebacker is probably one of the greatest players in franchise history, though it’s been many years since he took the field.
So what is Butkus’s story and what has Butkus been up to since his playing days end? Let’s take a closer look at the former Bear’s career and answer the question of what his net worth is.
Who is NFL legend Dick Butkus?
According to Britannica.com, Butkus played linebacker for the Bears in the ’60s. He stood 6’3″ tall and weighed 245 pounds. While someone that size nowadays would make an average-sized linebacker at the best, at the time, Butkus was huge for that position.
Butkus was a draft pick of both the Bears in the NFL and the Denver Broncos of the AFL. He qualified for the Pro Bowl in his first eight seasons in the league. He also led the Bears in tackles in those seasons.
Butkus retired relatively early due to injuries. During his career, he became known for his penchant for stripping the ball. While he may not have played as long as he would have liked, he still left the game as one of the preeminent defensive players of his era.
When you think of the Chicago Bears, there’s no question that Butkus is one of the first names that springs to mind. Along with Walter Payton and Gale Sayers, he’s one of the franchise’s most recognizable figures.
A truly legendary NFL career for the Bears linebacker
Butkus retired with the following impressive statistics, according to Pro Football Reference:
- 1,020 tackles
- 27 fumble recoveries (a record at the time of his retirement)
- 22 interceptions
One defensive stat that’s missing from Butkus’s career achievements are his number of sacks. That’s because he had zero recorded for his career. That’s hardly his fault, however. The NFL didn’t start recording sacks as an official statistic until after he retired. If they had, Butkus likely would have had a lot of those.
Along with his numerous Pro Bowl selections, he was also a five-time All-Pro as well. Butkus earned the respect of the media and his peers. When the Pro Football Hall of Fame named its All-Decade teams, they selected Butkus for both the ’60s and ’70s teams.
Butkus retired at the age of 31 in 1973. He didn’t have to wait long to receive the game’s ultimate honor, though. In 1979, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Butkus, enshrining him at Canton.
How much is Dick Butkus worth these days?
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Butkus’s reported net worth is $8 million. While he had a long and glorious NFL career, he’s done plenty since then. Butkus is known for lending his name to endorse products. He’s also been an actor.
He’s not particularly active in either television or movie acting — his last IMDb credit as an actor is from 2001 — but he does have quite a resume. Below are just a few of the projects in which he’s appeared in:
- The teen basketball sitcom Hang Time
- Gremlins 2
- Any Given Sunday
- The Last Boy Scout
Butkus was a great player, but there’s something about his personality that’s made him a lasting icon in Chicago. He represented that city’s great resolve and toughness.
It’s what also allowed him to become a public speaker, celebrity endorser, and talented on-screen performer. For whatever reason, people have always responded to him throughout the years. That’s probably why he was able to earn as much money as he did even following his NFL playing days.