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  • 7/14/2014 BUTKUS AWARD® 30th SEASON WATCH LISTS ANNOUNCED

    CHICAGO – (July 14,2014) – The 30th annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s best linebackers kicked off its selection process today by announcing its collegiate and high school pre-season watch lists.

     

    Each watch list contains 51 candidates, honoring the retired professional jersey of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history. The selection panel is comprised of 51 coaches, evaluators and journalists. Players who do not appear on the watch list are eligible for the Award.

     

    The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 40 universities, including returning 2013 semi-finalist Denzel Perryman of the University of Miami, Fla. Two prior high school Butkus Award winners made the list, including Jordan Hicks of Texas and Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame.

     

    The High School Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 49 high schools, including three from Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla. States with the most prep players include Florida (7), Ohio (6), Texas (6), Georgia (4), Indiana (4) and Virginia (4).

     

    Semi-finalists will be named October 27, finalists November 24, and winners will be notified on or before December 9. The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in January 2014.

     

    2013 Butkus Award winners:

    ·     Professional: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers

    ·     Collegiate: C.J. Mosley, Alabama (now Baltimore Ravens)

    ·     High School: Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Ga. (now Ohio State)

     

    The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while helping spread the word about Butkus’ I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to steroids and related drugs. More information is available at www.iplayclean.org or at www.facebook.com/i.play.clean.

     

    The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or www.facebook.com/51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 21 most prestigious awards in college football with 678 years of selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org for more information.

     

  • 12/8/2013 C.J. Mosley of Alabama Wins 29th Collegiate Butkus Award

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (December 8, 2013) – University of Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley has won the 29th annual collegiate Butkus Award® in a surprise presentation at a team banquet this evening. The Award was presented by its namesake, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, along with his son Matt Butkus.

    Mosley, a 6-2, 238 lb. senior linebacker, is the third Alabama linebacker to win the Butkus Award, joining Rolando McClain (2009) and the late Derrick Thomas (1988). Mosley finished third in last year’s voting.

    Mosley finished with 70 points, followed by Buffalo’s Khalil Mack (52), UCLA’s Anthony Barr (44), and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier (22). Also receiving votes were Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, Stanford’s Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, Florida State’s Telvin Smith, and Michigan State’s Max Bullough.

    Mosley leads the Crimson Tide this season with 102 tackles, including 56 solo stops, nine tackles for loss and a safety, eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups. He received two SEC defensive weekly honors and 11 such Alabama honors. His 313 tackles rank fourth in Alabama’s storied history, just 14 shy of the record, and among just seven who have reached the 300-tackle milestone. He was the Defensive MVP in Alabama’s National Championship Game against Notre Dame last season.

    The 51-person selection committee stated, “This year's college linebacker class was among the best in history. Mosley's combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.”

    The Butkus Award inscription reads: "When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back.” – Dick Butkus.

    Mosley succeeds Manti Te’o of Notre Dame (now San Diego Chargers) who won the 2012 Butkus Award. High school and professional Butkus Awards will be presented soon.

    The Butkus Award® draws attention to the I Play Clean™ campaign, which encourages athletes to train hard, eat well, and play with attitude instead of using performance-enhancing substances. Butkus encourages athletes, coaches and fans to pledge their support at www.iplayclean.org or on Facebook at i.play.clean.

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt was a defensive lineman for the University of Southern California. More information is at www.thebutkusaward.com or on Facebook at 51.butkus.

    The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

  • 12/10/2013 Raekwon McMillan Wins High School Butkus Award

    HINESVILLE, Ga. – (December 10, 2013) – Raekwon McMillan, a high school senior at Liberty County High School here, has been selected as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award® winner. The Award was presented by its namesake, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, along with his son Matt Butkus at a surprise presentation.

    McMillan, a 6-2, 245 lb. linebacker and running back with 4.6 speed maintained a 3.3 GPA while playing for the 8-3 Liberty County Panthers. He finished his senior season with total 159 tackles, 107 solo, three forced fumbles and an interception. As a four year starter, McMillan amassed 456 tackles, 349 solo, and 10 forced fumbles. On offense, McMillan had 73 carries for 628 yards, averaging 8.6 yards per carry as a senior. Last year, he was the 4A Defensive Player of the Year, first team all-state linebacker and second team USA Today linebacker.

    The 51-person selection committee stated, “One of the top college recruits in the country, McMillan has been a dominant performer at the high school level, with the knockback power reminiscent of a young Dick Butkus. He possesses superb balance, striking power and toughness. He is regarded by his coaches, teammates and recruiters to possess equally strong character – the kind of person who understands the significance and responsibility that comes with being honored with the Butkus Award.”

    The Butkus Award® draws attention to the I Play Clean™ campaign, which encourages athletes to train hard, eat well, and play with attitude instead of using performance-enhancing substances. Butkus encourages athletes, coaches and fans to pledge their support at www.iplayclean.org or on Facebook at i.play.clean.

    The Butkus Award inscription reads: "When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back.” – Dick Butkus.

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. His son Matt was a defensive lineman for the University of Southern California. More information is at www.thebutkusaward.com or on Facebook at 51.butkus.

  • 11/25/2013 BUTKUS AWARD COLLEGIATE AND HIGH SCHOOL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    CHICAGO – (November 25, 2013) – Finalists for the 29th annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top football linebackers were announced today by the Butkus Foundation.

     

    Selection is completed by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who follow all applicable rules involving player interaction. Winners will be announced by December 10. The Butkus Award draws attention to the I Play Clean™ program, an effort encouraging athletes to “train hard, eat well, and play with attitude” instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs.

     

    Finalists include (alphabetically):

     

    Collegiate 2013 Butkus Award Finalists:

    ·         Anthony Barr, UCLA

    ·         Khalil Mack, University at Buffalo

    ·         C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama

    ·         Ryan Shazier, The Ohio State University

    ·         Shayne Skov, Stanford University

     

    High School 2013 Butkus Award Finalists:

    ·         Dillon Bates, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra, FL

    ·         Kain Daub, Sandalwood, Jacksonville, FL

    ·         Michael Ferns, St. Clairsville, St. Clairsville, OH

    ·         Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Hinesville GA

    ·         Tre Williams, St. Paul's Episcopal, Mobile, AL

     

    Last season’s Butkus Award winners were: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (San Diego Chargers), Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers Fort Wayne, Ind., (Notre Dame), and Von Miller, Denver Broncos.

     

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt, a defensive lineman for USC’s 1990 Rose Bowl winning team, joins his father in philanthropic efforts.

     

    The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or facebook at 51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

     

  • 7/15/2013 BUTKUS AWARD® 29th SEASON WATCH LISTS ANNOUNCED