From 1965 t0 1973, Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears wreaked havoc on opposing NFL teams. The 6’3”, 245 pound middle linebacker had a great desire to excel and simply wanted to be the best. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 in his first year of eligibility following a mandatory five-year retirement period. Butkus was an All-American at the University of Illinois and the American Football Coaches Association’s Player of the Year. He was also the third place finisher in the 1964 Heisman Trophy voting. As a pro, he was named to the all NFL team seven of his nine seasons. He played in the pro bowl many many seasons.
Lawrence Taylor is often considered to be the greatest linebacker/defensive end combination in NFL history. When he played at the University of North Carolina, Taylor was, perhaps, the most fearsome pass-rushing threat in college football history. As the leader of the Tarheels, he was the main reason that North Carolina went 11-1 in 1980. Taylor was everything you could ever ask for out of a linebacker. He had frightening hitting ability, great speed, and like Butkus, sideline to sideline range. Following his All-American career, Taylor was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants. He was the only defensive player in NFL history to win the MVP award. He won that award in 1986 and was a marquee player on the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams. When Taylor retired, he had 142 sacks in his 10 Pro Bowl seasons. Taylor’s illustrious NFL career was marred by his problems with drugs and failing an NFL drug test in 1987. He also was arrested twice in three years after his retirement for trying to purchase cocaine. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
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