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By Paul Myerberg // Jul 6, 2012
Illinois is only good at football when it has a Butkus. Any Butkus will do, whether Dick, Mark or Luke, but this is important: Illinois must have a Butkus. Illinois went 16-11-1 from 1962-64, when Dick was wreaking havoc at linebacker. Thanks in part to Mark’s all-American play at defensive tackle, the Illini went 27-18-1 from 1980-83. Luke, an all-Big Ten center, helped Illinois go 26-20 from 1998-2001. Illinois has won three outright Big Ten titles in six decades: 1963, 1983 and 2001. Dick, Mark and Luke. Combined, the family Butkus holds a career record of 69-49-2 when lined up for the Illini, winning games at 58.5 percent clip. Without a Butkus in uniform, Illinois is 511-485-48 — a winning percentage of 51.3 percent. In summation: For Illinois, it’s either Butkus or bubkes.