Dave Butz, former Purdue Football and NFL defensive lineman, has died. One of the great players in Purdue Football history, Butz was a two time All American, a finalist for the 1972 Lombardi Award, and named to Purdue’s ‘All Time Football Team’ before being elected into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
After playing at Purdue, Butz was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1973 NFL draft fifth overall. After just two seasons, Butz would be traded to the Washington Commanders (formerly the Washington Redskins) where he would play for 14 years and finish his career. Butz would win two Super Bowls, was voted to the 1983 First Team All Pro, voted to the 1983 Pro Bowl, became a 1984 Second Team All Pro, and was voted to the NFL’s ‘All 1980’s Team.’ Butz was also named to the Redskins ‘Ring of Fame’ as one of the great players in that organization’s history.
Lost a dear friend today. Dave Butz. Dave Mark Mosley and I used to ride to games together. A true gentle giant. Rest In Peace my friend.— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 4, 2022