CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dick Butkus is going back to college.

One of the greatest linebackers in pro football history is being honored with a statute at Illinois, where he played three seasons and helped the Illini win the 1964 Rose Bowl. The statue will overlook the entrance to a football performance center that’s expected to be completed in time for the 2019 season.

The bronze statue will join a statute of Red Grange, the legendary Illini running back whose likeness stands on the west side of Memorial Stadium.

Butkus says being honored with a statute “very humbling.”


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