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The Butkus Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that celebrates the game-changing career of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus by advancing health and wellness through education and cause marketing programs. Proceeds support the I Play Clean™ educational initiative (, the Butkus Award® honoring linebackers at three levels of play ( and cardiovascular wellness through early testing and prevention. Team Butkus wants everyone to “train hard, eat well, and play with attitude.”