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Butkus was one mean Bear

Updated: June 13, 2006, 4:22 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"To play this game -- and I've always said this -- you have to have a Neanderthal gene. Butkus had two," says former Chicago Bears teammate Doug Buffone on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

It is possible that Dick Butkus was the meanest, nastiest, fiercest linebacker to ever put on a helmet. More than a quarter of century after his retirement there remains the Butkus image, one of the middle linebacker wrapping up a running back and viciously slamming him to the ground like an ...

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