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Dick Butkus Award

Butkus Award
Awarded for Given to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football
Country United States
Presented by Butkus Foundation
First awarded 1985
Currently held by Pro: Von Miller
College: Manti Te'o
High School: Jaylon Smith
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The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program. The award was first established by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which relinquished control of the award in 2008.

Traditionally, the award was given only to the top collegiate linebacker. The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to include high school and professional winners[1] as part of a makeover by the Butkus family to help end anabolic steroid abuse among young athletes.


Professional winners

Year Player Team
2008 DeMarcus Ware Dallas Cowboys[1]
2009 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers[2]
2010 Clay Matthews III Green Bay Packers[3]
2011 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens
DeMarcus Ware Dallas Cowboys
2012 Von Miller Denver Broncos

Collegiate winners

Year Player School
1985 Brian Bosworth Oklahoma
1986 Brian Bosworth Oklahoma
1987 Paul McGowan Florida State
1988 Derrick Thomas Alabama
1989 Percy Snow Michigan State
1990 Alfred Williams Colorado
1991 Erick Anderson Michigan
1992 Marvin Jones Florida State
1993 Trev Alberts Nebraska
1994 Dana Howard Illinois
1995 Kevin Hardy Illinois
1996 Matt Russell Colorado
1997 Andy Katzenmoyer Ohio State
1998 Chris Claiborne USC
1999 LaVar Arrington Penn State
2000 Dan Morgan Miami
2001 Rocky Calmus Oklahoma
2002 E.J. Henderson Maryland
2003 Teddy Lehman Oklahoma
2004 Derrick Johnson Texas
2005 Paul Posluszny Penn State
2006 Patrick Willis Ole Miss
2007 James Laurinaitis Ohio State
2008 Aaron Curry Wake Forest
2009 Rolando McClain Alabama
2010 Von Miller Texas A&M
2011 Luke Kuechly Boston College
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame

High school winners

Year Player School
2008 Manti Teʻo Punahou School (Honolulu, HI)
2009 Jordan Hicks Lakota West High School (West Chester, OH)
2010 Tony Steward Pedro Menendez High School (St. Augustine, FL)
2011 Noor Davis Leesburg High School (Leesburg, FL)
2012 Jaylon Smith Bishop Luers High School (Fort Wayne, IN)

Team and institutional breakdown of recipients

Trophies won by professional team

Team Winners
Dallas Cowboys 2
Denver Broncos 1
San Francisco 49ers 1
Green Bay Packers 1
Baltimore Ravens 1

Trophies won by college

School Winners
Oklahoma 4
Alabama 2
Colorado 2
Florida State 2
Illinois 2
Ohio State 2
Penn State 2
Boston College 1
Maryland 1
Miami 1
Michigan 1
Michigan State 1
Nebraska 1
Notre Dame 1
Ole Miss 1
Texas 1
Texas A&M 1
Wake Forest 1

Trophies won by high school

School Winners
Punahou School 1
Lakota West H.S. 1
Leesburg High School 1
Pedro Menendez H.S. 1
Bishop Luers High School 1


External links

  • Butkus Award official website
  • Butkus Foundation official website
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