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Former Purdue star elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Former Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz was one of 14 players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. The class also includes two coaches.

“This is indeed a great honor,” Butz said on Purdue’s athletic website. “There are a lot of great ball players in the College Football Hall of Fame, and I am very pleased to be a part of it. I had an outstanding group of teammates at Purdue, and I’m very happy to represent them and the university.”

Butz was a consensus All-American as a senior, the recipient of the Zipp Award as college football’s outstanding player and a finalist for the Lombardi Award (presented to the best lineman or linebacker). He had 108 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups at Purdue.

Butz was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the No. 5 overall selection in 1973. He played 16 years in the NFL with the Cardinals from 1973-74 and Washington Redskins from 1975-88.

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