By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian
On Aug. 5, 1975, Redskins coach George Allen made one of the most audacious trades ever in the NFL.
Allen gave the St. Louis Cardinals two 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder for 3rd-year defensive tackle Dave Butz, who’d missed the 1974 season due to a knee injury.
One NFL general manager called it a “terrible deal” for the Redskins. It turned out to be a great move.
The colossal 6-7, 315-pound Butz, an immovable object to many, anchored Washington’s defensive line for the next 14 seasons.
He starred on squads that played in three Super Bowls in the 1980s, winning twice, and is today one of the all-time sack leaders in team history with 59.5.
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