Bears legend Dick Butkus passes away

Dick was the ultimate Bear, and one of the greatest players in NFL history

Dick had a gruff manner, and maybe that kept some people from approaching him

Dick was an animal, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones once said

Butkus was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight NFL seasons and was also selected

He was Chicago's son. He exuded what our great city is about and, not coincidently

Butkus played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Bears from 1965-73 and remains

Butkus also possessed extraordinary ball skills. He set an NFL record that has since been broken