The legendary NFL linebacker was better known as an actor to many people my age.
Butkus, and his peer Ray Nitschke (GB), and earlier, Sam Huff (NYG) would not be seen by Gen X. By then the game became a passing type- these three were there to stop the running game - basically a now obsolete three linebacker formation. Three tough guys indeed. As for their post football careers, meh. I saw Jim Brown in the Dirty Dozen - meh.. Namath sold Noxema and women’s stockings - meh meh...
It had been 20 years since Butkus retired before I became aware of his existence. That was due mostly to NFL commentators mentioning him by comparison to players at the time.
I never saw him in anything other than archived ads on YouTube. Who was this Dick Butt-kiss guy people talk about I thought?
Now we know.