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Redskins Historian: Butz-ing His Way In

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 7, 2012 – 9:25 am

(AP photo)

By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the Redskins’ signing of Dave Butz)

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.

Mike Richman is a Redskins Historian and author of The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. You can follow Mike on Facebook, Twitter, or by visiting his website.

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One Response to “Redskins Historian: Butz-ing His Way In”

  1. By Smitty on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Legend! Still one of all-time favorites!

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