- Butkus Award
Butkus Award Awarded for Given to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football Presented by Butkus Foundation Country United States First awarded 1985 Currently held by Clay Matthews III: Pro
Von Miller: College
Tony Steward: High School
Official website http://www.thebutkusaward.com/
The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program. The award was first established by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which relinquished control of the award in 2008.
Traditionally, the award was given only to the top collegiate linebacker. The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to include high school and professional winners as part of a makeover by the Butkus family to help end anabolic steroid abuse among young athletes.
Patrick Willis is the only player to receive the Butkus Award in more than one category. He won the college Butkus Award in 2006 while at Ole Miss. In 2009, he won the professional Butkus Award while with the San Francisco 49ers.
Year Player Team 2008 DeMarcus Ware Dallas Cowboys 2009 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers 2010 Clay Matthews III Green Bay Packers 
Year Player School 1985 Brian Bosworth Oklahoma 1986 Brian Bosworth Oklahoma 1987 Paul McGowan Florida State 1988 Derrick Thomas Alabama 1989 Percy Snow Michigan State 1990 Alfred Williams Colorado 1991 Erick Anderson Michigan 1992 Marvin Jones Florida State 1993 Trev Alberts Nebraska 1994 Dana Howard Illinois 1995 Kevin Hardy Illinois 1996 Matt Russell Colorado 1997 Andy Katzenmoyer Ohio State 1998 Chris Claiborne USC 1999 LaVar Arrington Penn State 2000 Dan Morgan Miami 2001 Rocky Calmus Oklahoma 2002 E.J. Henderson Maryland 2003 Teddy Lehman Oklahoma 2004 Derrick Johnson Texas 2005 Paul Posluszny Penn State 2006 Patrick Willis Ole Miss 2007 James Laurinaitis Ohio State 2008 Aaron Curry Wake Forest 2009 Rolando McClain Alabama 2010 Von Miller Texas A&M
High school winners
Year Player School 2008 Manti Teʻo Punahou School (Honolulu, HI) 2009 Jordan Hicks Lakota West H.S. (West Chester, OH) 2010 Tony Steward Pedro Menendez High School (St. Augustine, FL)
Team and institutional breakdown of recipients
Trophies won by professional team
Team Winners Dallas Cowboys 1 San Francisco 49ers 1 Green Bay Packers 1
Trophies won by college
School Winners Oklahoma 4 Alabama 2 Colorado 2 Florida State 2 Illinois 2 Ohio State 2 Penn State 2 Maryland 1 Miami 1 Michigan 1 Michigan State 1 Nebraska 1 Ole Miss 1 Texas 1 Texas A&M 1 USC 1 Wake Forest 1
Trophies won by high school
School Winners Punahou School 1 Lakota West H.S. 1 Pedro Menendez H.S. 1
- ^ a b Archer, Todd (January 9, 2009). "Dallas Cowboys' Ware wins Butkus Award". Dallasnews.com: the Dallas Morning News website. Belo Corporation. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/011009dnspocowlede.3381c08.html. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
- ^ a b OleMissSports.com: Willis Wins Butkus Award As Collegian And Pro
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Dick Butkus Award winners (collegiate)
1985: Bosworth | 1986: Bosworth | 1987: McGowan | 1988: Thomas | 1989: Snow | 1990: Williams | 1991: Anderson | 1992: Jones | 1993: Alberts | 1994: Howard | 1995: Hardy | 1996: Russell | 1997: Katzenmoyer | 1998: Claiborne | 1999: Arrington | 2000: Morgan | 2001: Calmus | 2002: Henderson | 2003: Lehman | 2004: Johnson | 2005: Posluszny | 2006: Willis | 2007: Laurinaitis | 2008: Curry | 2009: McClain | 2010: Miller
Butkus Award winners (high school)
2008: Te'o | 2009: Hicks | 2010: Steward
Dick Butkus Award winners (professional) College football awards Overall trophies Overall media awards Positional awardsBronko Nagurski Trophy (Defenseman) • Chuck Bednarik Award (Defenseman) • Dave Rimington Trophy (Center) • Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) • Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) • Doak Walker Award (Running back) • Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide receiver) • Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back) • John Mackey Award (Tight end) • Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker) • Lott Trophy (Defenseman) • Lou Groza Award (Placekicker) • Manning Award (Quarterback) • Outland Trophy (Interior lineman) • Ray Guy Award (Punter) • Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end) Other national player awardsChic Harley Award (Best player) • Archie Griffin Award (Best player) • Bill Willis Trophy (Defensive lineman) • Jack Lambert Trophy (Linebacker) • Jack Tatum Trophy (Defensive back) • Jim Brown Trophy (Running back) • Jim Parker Trophy (Offensive lineman) • Paul Hornung Award (Most versatile) • Sammy Baugh Trophy (Quarterback) • Paul Warfield Trophy (Wide receiver) • Johnny Unitas Award (Senior quarterback) All-Americans Head coaching awardsAFCA Coach of the Year (1935) • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957) • SN Coach of the Year (1963) • Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1967) • Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976) • Woody Hayes Trophy (1977) • Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1986) • Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994) • AP Coach of the Year (1998) • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006) • Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award (2009) • Joseph V. Paterno Award (2010) (formerly the George Munger Award (1989)) Assistant coaching awards Conference awards Division I FCS awards Other divisions/associations Academic, inspirational,
and versatility awardsAcademic All-America of the Year (Student-athlete) • Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award • William V. Campbell Trophy (Student-athlete) • Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete) • Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete) • Burlsworth Trophy (Walk-on) • Rudy Award (inspirational/motivational)
Service awards Regional awardsNils V. "Swede" Nelson Award (New England Sportsmanship) Halls of fame High school football awards Team awardUSA Today/National Prep Poll High School Football National Championship Overall trophies Overall media awardsAnthony Muñoz Award (Lineman) • Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) • Walter Payton Trophy (Best Athlete) All-Americans Class awardsESPN RISE National Junior Player of the Year (Best Junior) • ESPN RISE National Sophomore Player of the Year (Best Sophomore) Head Coaching awardsBill Yoast Trophy • USA Today Coach of the Year Academic, inspirational, and versatility awardsRudy Award (inspirational/motivational) Regional awards
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