Dave Butz, Purdue Football Legend And Member Of The College Football Hall Of Fame, Has Died!

Purdue Legend Dave Butz passed away

The Washington Commanders announced the death of former defensive tackle Dave Butz on their official social media accounts. He was 72.

When the mammoth Butz (6-foot-8, 300 pounds) arrived at Purdue from Maine South High in Park Ridge, Illinois, as a member of one of Jack Mollenkopf’s final recruiting classes, he cast a long shadow.

As a senior in 1972, Butz was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and was named a consensus All-American. In 1972, he was selected to the Big Ten’s first team, and the year before, he was named to the league’s second team. As of 2014, Butz is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Butz was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the fifth overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft, joining fellow Boilermakers Otis Armstrong (No. 9) and Darryl Stingley (No. 19) in the first round of that year’s draft. Sadly, they have all passed away now. Contrast the deaths of Armstrong in October 2021 and Stingley in April 2007.

While playing for Washington from 1975 to 1988, Butz rose to prominence. He was named to the first team All-Pro in 1983 and helped the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowl victories (in 2017 and 2022). He was also inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame. And because he recorded 35.5 sacks during his professional career, Butz was also named to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team.

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Who Was Dave Butz? 

After playing defensive end and defensive tackle for the Washington Commanders, Dave Butz passed away at the age of 72. He was a Consensus All-American in college football in 1972 while attending Purdue.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft. The Cardinals were the team that the future Hall of Fame defensive star spent his first two seasons in the NFL.

Who Was Dave Butz

Before the 1974-75 season, he signed on with the Commanders. The former Purdue standout played for the Wizards for 14 years. During his time there, the 1983–1984 season, he received third-place votes for defensive player of the year. Over the course of the season, he recorded 11.5 sacks. In the 1983–1984 season, he was named to both the All-Pro First Team and the Pro Bowl.

Joe Theismann, his former teammate, and quarterback for the Commanders expressed his sadness and gratitude for his friend’s life on Twitter.

The Commanders team mourned the loss of their former defensive end and defensive tackle in a tweet read:

The National Football League voted him to its 1980s All-Decade Team. He entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Butz had 64 sacks and two picks in his 16-year NFL career.

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Dave Butz Won How Many Super Bowls?

He played for the Commanders of the NFL and won two Super Bowls during his career. His first championship came in Super Bowl 17, which the Commanders won against the Miami Dolphins during the 1982–1983 season.

The second came in Super Bowl 22, which the Commanders won against the Denver Broncos during the 1987–1988 season.

Here at Sportskeeda, we’d like to express our sincere condolences to Dave Butz’s loved ones.

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How old is Dave Butz?

After winning two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins, All-Pro defensive lineman Dave Butz has passed away. He was 72. The Washington Commanders were informed by Butz’s family of his passing on Friday, according to a team spokesman. There was no information given about the death’s cause or location.

How Big was Dave Butz?

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Butz was widely regarded as the best defensive lineman in the country over the course of his collegiate career.

What college has the most players in the NFL Hall of Fame?

The eight schools with the most alumni in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are listed below.

  • T-7. Syracuse. …
  • T-7. Alabama – 8. …
  • T-5. Pitt – 9. …
  • T-5. Miami (FL) – 9. …
  • Ohio State – 10. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports. …
  • Michigan – 11. USA TODAY NETWORK. …
  • T-1. Southern Cal. …
  • T-1. Notre Dame – 14.

What college has the most football fans?

Who are the most loyal fans of when it comes to college football? The city of Columbus, Ohio, is home to college football’s largest fan base. According to Altimore, Ohio State has an estimated 11.26 million supporters.

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