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256. Dave Butz

Dave Butz was a good player for a long time.  That statement is a simple way to begin, but it is true.  He was with the St. Louis Cardinals for the first two seasons of his career (1973-74) and would then be traded to the Washington Redskins, where he was considered a solid player for years.  Something clicked in 1982, and he began to establish himself as a premier Defensive Tackle in the National Football League and was a huge part of Washington's Super Bowl XVII Championship squad.  In 1983, he accumulated 11.5 Sacks while winning First Team Pro Bowl honors, his first (and only) Pro Bowl Selection, and winning the coveted AP Defensive Player of the Year.  Butz was a Second Team All-Pro the year after and played until 1988, winning a second Super Bowl Ring in the process.

While his run at the top may seem short, he was still good enough to be named to the 1980s All-Decade Second Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Lafayette, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Games Played: 216
  • Notable Statistics: 2 Interceptions
    29 Interception Return Yards
    7 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    64.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1 Kick Return
    23 Kick Return Yards
    107 Approximate Value

    15 Playoff Games
    1 Fumble Recovery
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3.0 Quarterback Sacks*

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins
  • College: Purdue
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 5th Overall in 1973
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (2) (Washington Redskins XVII & XXII)
    NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro (1) (1983)
    Second Team All-Pro (1) (1984)
    Pro Bowl (1) (1983)

  • Other Points of Note: None.

Should Dave Butz be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 70.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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