October 16, 2013, 9:14 pm
Dick Bukus spent nine years in the NFL and was an eight time Pro-Bowler with the Chicago Bears. He’s widely considered one of the toughest players to ever play the game and he is considered one of the top linebackers to ever play the game. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Wednesday to talk about his legendary NFL career.Butkus insists that there was no secret to his success on the field. He just loved the game.
“I just lived and died football. Not only on the field, but also studying it and watching game films and just watching guys that I got to play against and seeing if I could pick up any tips or whatever. When you’re playing against pros, a lot of times, guys do what’s most comfortable for them and sometimes if you can pick those things up, it’s a definite clue and tip on what they’re going to do.”
Butkus also talked about the PED era that we are living in these days. He maintains that people – Particularly parents – need to educate themselves better about performance enhancing drugs.
"It is a form of cheating and you’ve got to educate the parents about them [PEDs] because we’ve had some instances where the parents were prescribing it for their kids. I don’t know what they see that their little Johnny is going to make it to the pros and I don’t think a lot of them are educated enough to talk to their kids about that."
And finally he gave his expert opinion on who he believes the greatest players to ever step foot on the football field.
"I’d break it down and running backs would be Jim Brown as a fullback and Gale Sayers as a halfback. And back at quarterback, I’d put Starr and Unitas and go from there. Those guys were truly great players and I was fortunate to play with Gale. Everybody says ‘Well, you played with him.’ I said ‘That’s right. I practiced against him every day and no one was any better that I played against. He was a great back and Jimmy Brown – Everybody knows about him."
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure check him out on November 2nd when he comes out to the Northwest.