According to WLS-TV, Dick Butkus tackled numerous players during his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears.
Butkus is now concentrating on critical issues. On a beautiful June night, the Chicago Sports Legacy Event was held in a skybox suite at Soldier Field during the Bears’ Family Fest practice.
Look into Butkus’ efforts to promote youth coaches and his advice for young players. Both his foundation and his previous team were topics of discussion for the Bears’ all-time great.
What Should You Know About This Event?
To that end, the Butkus Foundation and I met with Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls representatives to discuss the benefits of focusing on facts rather than simply celebrating professional athletes.
What Is The Origin Of This Whole Thing?
Youth coaches are the first to be hired, followed by volunteer coaches, and finally high school coaches.
We want them to be positive role models for their peers while also having fun. I’ve heard parents say, “Oh, Johnny’s going to play in the NFL.” He’s eleven years old. I explain that the odds of young Johnny winning the lottery are one in a billion.
So why not just let him have some fun? I can’t stop thinking about all the coaches I had while in town. They laid the groundwork for the person I became as a result of them.
What Characteristics Define A Successful Young Sports Coach?
A person who, in my opinion, can persuade children to enjoy whatever sport they are participating in. Just keep in mind that you’re playing a game, so have fun! There isn’t anything else to say.
It teaches you to be a good teammate and to make sacrifices for others instead of living in a “Me, me, me, I, I, I” environment. All that matters while playing is that you have fun.
How Has The Game Changed Since The Bears Practiced There?
Everything has slowed down. Even though they claim to want to run the ball, they are constantly breaking records in the air. According to my memory, the veterans have 22 days of training camp. They are not permitted to have two double sessions in a row.
What Images Come To Mind When You Hear That?
“What the hell did we do wrong by having six exhibitions, playing in every game, and being at camp two weeks before?”
Has the game gotten better or worse since you last played? What you mean is beyond my comprehension. What they get for their money is fantastic.
Is It Strange That The Bears Have An Offensive-Minded Head Coach?
It’s long overdue, in my opinion. That’s just how things are. “Oh, the defense will win,” everyone says over and over. We have yet to win a game despite our strong defenses.
As far back as 1985, when I was working on a radio show with Hub [Arkush]. Everyone was focused on their defense, and they were, but they also had a lot of offense. It’s possible that they had so many opportunities because of the defense.