Dick Butkus Statue

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Are the orange sleeve stripes an accurate rendering of the uniforms of that era? I've always seen pictures of plain blue sleeves.

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And the sleeves were plain blue when we wore the throwbacks too:

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Now, the road whites had sleeve striping....

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Color me perplexed.
 
#6      
Are the orange sleeve stripes an accurate rendering of the uniforms of that era? I've always seen pictures of plain blue sleeves.

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And the sleeves were plain blue when we wore the throwbacks too:

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Now, the road whites had sleeve striping....

Illinois-LB-Dick-Butkus.jpg



Color me perplexed.

I noticed that too. No stripes on orange pants then either. White pants only. Great statue though.
 
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DReq

Always Illini
Central Illinois
I drove by just after the ceremony and saw the live Butkus with the bronze one in the background. Butkus is a big fellow but that statue is mammoth. It is a fitting tribute to a great linebacker. It really looks great.
 
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FinalFour88

Charlotte, NC
I think Dick broke the mold.

On the plaque below the statue, I think they should have just kept it simple with this great quote I just heard in the Butkus highlight video someone posted in this thread...

Dick Butkus – He was Moby Dick in a goldfish bowl.
 
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reopseed60

Naples, Florida
Dick Butkus was a man among boys. There was nothing "phony" about him, and there isn't today. If you think you were going to get a glosse retorical presenation with platitudes, forget.. He is who he is. A great football player who gave the university everything he had every game. I was at the university when he played, and we always said,there never was a running back who fell forward on a Dick Butkus tackle. He is "Southside Chicago and will always be,and proud of it.
 
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JJE

Bethalto, IL
That press conference was terrific. It's rare to see someone of his fame be so humble, but straightforward without sounding cranky. I genuinely could listen to him talk all day. I wish there was a way that he'd agree to be around campus a couple times a year. He is awesome.
 
#13      
One of the all-time greats. I hope there is a good turnout for the dedication. :illinois::ms::illinois:


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A fine cameo in there by Dick's fellow Illini and Bears great and paradigmatic salt of the earth Chicago guy Ed O'Bradovich. I miss the days of he and Doug Buffone doing the postgame call-in show for the Bears.