Who was Dave Butz?
Dave Butz was born on June 23, 1950, in Lafayette, Alabama. He was an outstanding American professional football player and a two-time super bowl winner. Dave was a defensive tackler in the National Football League (NFL), for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins in his 16-year-long career. He was famous for his defensive techniques and has achieved a lot.
Dave played high school football at Maine South High School in Park Ridge. There he was two-time high school All-American. Besides football, Dave also plays basketball and he was the state champion of discus. An allrounder in oneself.
Dave was a 1972 finalist for the Lombardi Award when he played college football for Purdue University. Dave was named to Purdue’s All-Time Football team. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in the year 2014.
In the 1973, National Football League Draft, Dave was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by St. Louis Cardinals where he played for two seasons. George Allen; Redskins coach, gave the Cardinals two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder for the right to Dave. A mistake was made in the contract that he signed as a Rookie in 1973, and as a result of this Dave was granted free agency in 1975. George quickly signed him but had to pay the Cardinal 2 first-round picks as NFL ruled them.
Dave played for 14 years for the Redskins, where he had three super Bowl appearances. He ranked third in the franchise history in Sacks. He gave an excellent performance for the Redskins and at one of the victory parades following the Redskins win in Super Bowl XXII, Dave famously shouted to the audience, “We came, we saw, we kicked their Butz.”
Dave was one of the 70 greatest Redskins according to the NFL.
When and How Dave Butz died:
Dave Butz died on 4 November 2022. He was one of the greatest football defense tacklers. Dave Butz a former Washington Commander dies at the age of 72. Dave played in a total of 216 games during his National Football League journey, in which he played 180 games for Washington. In his 16 years, of NFL career Dave had 64 sacks and two interceptions. He was a Star Player. His death left everyone in deep sorrow. His fellow players and team share a deep condolence with his family.
The reason for Dave’s death has not been clear as of now. No one knows the reason for the former commander’s player’s death.
Condolence by his Fellow Players and Team:
One of Dave’s teammates Joe Theismann tweeted for him which state, ‘ 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.’
Washington Commanders took to Twitter to reflect his sadness and wrote, ‘We’re heartbroken over the loss of Washington Legend Dave Butz, a 2X Super Bowl champion and member of our ring of Fame and 90 greatest lists. Sending our deepest condolences to Dave’s family and friends.’
Dave won two Super Bowls in his National Football Career, both with the Commanders. He won his first one in the 1982-1983 season as the Commanders won over Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl 17. The second victory was in the 1987-1988 season as the Commanders defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 22.
We send our deepest condolence to his family and friends. May his soul Rest in Peace!