Dave Butz Obituary News – Cause of Death: In loving memory of two-time Super Bowl champion Dave Butz.
David Butz was an American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins in a 16-year career from 1973 to 1988. He played college football for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Butz died on November 4, 2022, at the age of 72.
Butz was born in Lafayette, Alabama on June 23, 1950 and soon moved with his family to Illinois. He played high school football at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he was two-time high school All-American. He also played basketball and was the Illinois High School discus champion, setting a state record.
Butz was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he would play for two seasons. In 1975, Butz was granted free agency due to a mistake in his contract that he had signed as a rookie in 1973. Redskins coach George Allen quickly signed him, but the NFL ruled that the Redskins had to compensate the Cardinals with two first-round draft picks (1977 & 1978) and a second-round pick (1979).
Butz then played for the Washington Redskins for 14 years, where he had three Super Bowl appearances. He ranks third in franchise history in sacks (59.5). He was a one-time Pro Bowler in 1983 in a season in which he got eleven sacks, a career-best. He only missed four games in his entire 16-year career.
Butz was among the largest players in the NFL when he played standing 6’8″ and routinely weighing around 300 pounds.
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