In 1970, a memorable photo of Dick Butkus appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated,

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accompanied by the headline, "The Most Feared Man in the Game 

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Dick Butkus, the renowned middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears, has passed away at the age of 80, as confirmed by his family 

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He peacefully passed away in his sleep at his residence in Malibu, California.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history.

Beyond his football career, Butkus enjoyed success as a sports broadcaster, actor in movies and TV series 

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Throughout his football journey, Butkus remained closely connected to his hometown of Chicago 

Butkus followed in the footsteps of another legendary linebacker, Bill George, who revolutionized the position 

Away from football, Butkus became a celebrity figure, appearing in movies and TV shows, and working as a sports analyst

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He used his fame to advocate for various causes, including raising awareness about heart disease and promoting healthy lifestyles 

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