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Dave Butz

Defensive Tackle

David Roy Butz

Inducted 2014

Date of Birth



Lafayette, AL


Purdue University (1970-1972)


While the Boilermakers during Dave Butz’s career only had one winning season, the consensus All-America lineman gained widespread acclaim. Butz was a versatile high school athlete who was also widely recruited to play basketball, and even received a scholarship offer from famed Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. College football coaching greats also recognized his abilities as Michigan’s Bo Schembechler called Dave, “the greatest defensive lineman I had ever seen.” For his career, Butz registered 108 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and eight pass breakups. The senior team captain participated in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, where he was named Defensive MVP. Drafted fifth overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Butz played 14 of his 16 seasons with the Washington Redskins, leading them to victory in Super Bowls XVII and XXII. The NFL’s “ironman,” he missed only four games his entire career. He retired in 1989 having played in more games than any other Redskin in team history. In retirement, he is involved in many charitable and philanthropic efforts.


Height 6'7"

Weight 280

Career Highlights

  • 1972 All-Conference
  • 1972 Consensus All-America
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