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The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program. The award was first established by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which relinquished control of the award in 2008 following a lawsuit by Butkus.
Traditionally, the award was given only to the top collegiate linebacker. The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to include high school and professional winners
as part of a makeover by the Butkus family to help end  anabolic steroid abuse among young athletes. Two players have won both the high school and collegiate Butkus Awards: Notre Dame linebackers Manti Te'o (2008, 2012) and Jaylon Smith (2012, 2015).
High school winners
Manti Te'o Punahou School ( Honolulu, HI)
Jordan Hicks Lakota West High School ( West Chester, OH)
Tony Steward Pedro Menendez High School ( St. Augustine, FL)
Noor Davis Leesburg High School ( Leesburg, FL)
Jaylon Smith Bishop Luers High School ( Fort Wayne, IN)
Raekwon McMillan Liberty County High School ( Hinesville, GA)
Malik Jefferson Ralph H. Poteet High School ( Mesquite, TX)
Caleb Kelly Clovis West High School ( Fresno, CA)
Dylan Moses IMG Academy ( Bradenton, FL)
Solomon Tuliaupupu Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
Nakobe Dean Horn Lake High School ( Horn Lake, MS)
Schmadtke, Alan (April 29, 2008). "Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando relinquishes rights to the Dick Butkus Award". Orlando Sentinel . http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2008-04-29/sports/butkus29_1_butkus-award-daco-college-football-award . Retrieved April 8, 2018.
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Archer, Todd (January 9, 2009). "Dallas Cowboys' Ware wins Butkus Award". Dallasnews.com: the Dallas Morning News website. Belo Corporation . http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/011009dnspocowlede.3381c08.html . Retrieved January 11, 2009.
Skrbina, Paul (December 8, 2015). "Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith named Butkus Award winner". Chicago Tribune . http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-jaylon-smith-wins-butkus-award-spt-1209-20151208-story.html . Retrieved August 6, 2017.
Potter, Charlie (December 5, 2016). "Alabama LB Reuben Foster named 2016 Butkus Award winner". CBS Sports . https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/alabama-lb-reuben-foster-named-2016-butkus-award-winner/ . Retrieved August 6, 2017.
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"Former BC great Kuechly wins second Butkus Award". Fox Sports. May 12, 2015 . http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/former-bc-great-kuechly-wins-second-butkus-award-051215 . Retrieved August 6, 2017.
"Bears OLB Khalil Mack wins pro Butkus Award". . June 4, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times . https://chicago.suntimes.com/bears/2019/6/4/18652835/bears-khalil-mack-dick-butkus-wins-award . Retrieved June 4, 2019.