Dave Butz

  • St. Louis Cardinals (1973, 1974)
  • Washington Redskins (1975-1988)
  • Pro Bowl selection ( 1983)
  • 3 × All-Pro selection (1979, 1983, 1984 ) 1 2 team
  • 2 × Super Bowl winner (XVII, XXII)
  • 3 × NFC champion (1982, 1983, 1987 )
  • Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
  • 70 Greatest Redskins
  • NFL 1980s All- Decade Team
  • Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame (2004)

David Roy Butz ( born June 23, 1950 in Lafayette, Alabama ) is a former American professional American football player. He played as a defensive end and defensive tackle in the National Football League ( NFL) with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins.

Youth / Family

Born in Alabama on a cattle and chicken farm Dave Butz attended Park Ridge High School after his family had moved to Illinois. At school he played American football and basketball, he was also active as a discus thrower. In this discipline he held for thirteen years the state record of Illinois. As a high school football player, he was elected three times to the All American. It was only in high school it was discovered that Butz suffered from dyslexia. The reading and spelling disorder was successfully treated and he received after his graduation in 1969, a total of 132 scholarships offered. Dave Butz is the nephew of Earl Butz, who was from 1971 to 1976 Minister of Agriculture of the United States.

Playing career

College career

Dave Butz decided to become a sports studies at Purdue University, where his uncle Earl worked as a professor. From 1970 to 1972 he played for the Purdue Boilermakers, the football team of his college as a defensive tackle. In 1972 he was elected to the All- American. In all three years of study, he was awarded due to its sporting performance of his college.

Professional career

Dave Butz graduated successfully in 1973 and was drafted this year by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round in fifth place. The head coach of the Cardinals, Don Coryell, sat Butz in his rookie year in the Defense of the team first as a defensive end. In his second game year Butz moved to the position of defensive tackles. In 1974, Butz succeeded to qualify with the Cardinals for the play- offs. However, the team failed in the Divisional play -off game at the Minnesota Vikings with 30:14.

The ratio of Dave Butz to Charles Bidwill the team owner of the Cardinals was difficult. He was then released by the Cardinals to the Washington Redskins, which significantly increased his annual salary immediately. Butz then played fourteen years for the team from Washington, DC. In 1981, Joe Gibbs took over as coach at the Redskins. Gibbs formed from the team a top team. 1982 Butz could move with the Redskins in the playoffs. After a 31:17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game the Redskins were able to defeat the Miami Dolphins with 27:17 in the then following Super Bowl XVII. Butz succeeded in the game to secure a fumble.

The year 1983 was successful for Butz and the Redskins. After a record of fourteen wins from two losses had to be in the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Redskins with 24:21. However, Butz lost the Super Bowl XVIII against the Los Angeles Raiders with 38:9. In 1986, Butz was with the Redskins against the New York Giants again in the NFC Championship Game. He succeeded in the game the quarterback of the Giants, Phil Simms to get behind the line of scrimmage to case, at the 17-0 defeat of his team, however, this did not change. 1987 Dave Butz was then able to win his second Super Bowl. With two bag to quarterback Wade Wilson he could to 17:10 victory of his team over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game play a key role. The following Super Bowl XXII the quarterback of the Redskins Doug Williams showed a very good performance and led his team to an unchallenged 42:10 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Dave Butz ended after the 1988 season, his career. With two Super Bowl victories of the Washington Redskins, he served as captain of his team.

After playing career

Dave Butz worked after his career in business. He is socially engaged and active in the board of the National Rifle Association. Butz is married and has three children. He now lives with his family in Belleville.


David Butz played in 1983 in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected three times to the All- Pro. The Washington Redskins honor him in their stadium, the FedExField, on the Ring of Fame. He is on the list of the 70 Greatest Redskins. Dave Butz is a member of the NFL 1980s All- Decade Team and the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.