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Wednesday 22, Jun 2011

  Dick Butkus Promotes ‘Clean’ Play without Steroids

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Dick Butkus Promotes 'Clean' Play without SteroidsFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus has not changed in many ways ever since he left the football field 38 years ago.

The days of Butkus on the field may be over but he is now making every possible effort to curb steroid use among young athletes.

“The plain truth is, if you use steroids for a prolonged period of time, you’ll probably be a heart patient, die early or both,” Butkus said.

Thursday 02, Dec 2010

  Hall of Fame linebacker leads war against drugs

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Hall of Fame linebacker leads war against drugsDick Butkus, the Hall of Fame linebacker, who was renowned for playing with a menacing fury, is putting his passion into the fight against steroids.

The association between steroids and sports disgusts me, says Butkus. The former Chicago Bear is tackling the problem by delivering a message on the dangers of doping with his “I Play Clean” campaign aimed at high-school students.

Butkus has learned over time that use of steroids could result in heart damage among its other dangers.

Wednesday 01, Apr 2009

  Dick Butkus campaign against use of steroids

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Dick Butkus campaign against use of steroidsFormer Chicago Bear player and Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is putting his effort and passion in fighting against steroids. His campaign,”I Play Clean,” focuses on the dangers of doping and is basically aimed on high-school students. Butkus said the linking of steroids and sports disgusted him a lot. In a telephonic interview with Reuters, Butkus said “As an ex-football guy, I still enjoy watching it,”

He also said “It just disgusts me and I hope it doesn’t come to a point where I’m sitting there watching a Senate hearing and have them drilling some ex-football players on their steroids habit” while referring baseball’s appearance before Congress. “I want to lick this before that happens.”

National Football League has had a notable share of steroid cases in its history. Shawne Merriman was suspended for four games in 2006 and Dana Stubblefield, who was named the Defensive Player of 1997, was also sentenced two years’ probation charges for his lying about setroid use. And the recent one was of baseball’s highest-paid player Alex Rodriguez, who admitted that he used steroids from 2001 to 2003.

Butkus joined the war against steroids with Don Hooton, who established the Taylor Hooton Foundation for Fighting Steroid Abuse in honor of his 17-year-old son, who became a victim of the anabolic steroids.

Friday 13, Mar 2009


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BUTKUS “I PLAY CLEAN” CAMPAIGN AGAINST STEROIDS“I Play Clean” is the battle cry of Hall of Fame Linebacker Daniel Butkus against the rising incidents of athletes using steroids. Amid the baseball hullabaloo at least someone from the NFL did something proactive. He channels his passion for football to the campaign against steroids. Its target are high-school students, giving them the message to steer clear from performance enhancing drugs. Butkus said he finds it disgusting that sports and steroids are being correlated with each other.

The ex-Chicago Bear expressed his concern that one day NFL might just find itself facing the Senate or the Congress like the baseball players are doing for being tangled in the steroids controversy.

Knee injuries caused Dick’s premature departure from the NFL in 1973. His serious heart condition made him an advocate to medical causes the led to the Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness.

Butkus tells of the consequences that steroid use can bring to the heart. Some steroids are know to cause ventricular enlargement. Aside from that steroids can cause harmful effects especially when taken by adolescents. He shares the stories of parents whose kids were committed suicide caused by steroids.

Steroids have other potential side-effects such as growth stunts in adolescents, cancer, and liver damage.

Thursday 17, Jul 2008

  NFL’s legend Dick Butkus on info drive against steroid use

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Dick Butkus steroidsIPlayClean.Org’s mission statement reads: “To educate and encourage high school students to make the right choice of playing clean – that is, training hard, eating well and playing with attitude, instead of resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids and performance enhancing products.”

And this is all what Dick Butkus is trying to achieve as he tours the country on his IPlayClean campaign trail to get young athletes to promise they’ll stay clean. He wants to encourage students to take the same path he had taken and steer away from the temptation of using anabolic steroids.

Butkus is proud to say that he never took a pill to reach his accomplishments and he wants others out there, particularly kids in high school sports, to do the same. “I owe everything to football,” Butkus said Friday. “I’m embarrassed that for some other kid, it won’t be as pure as when I was able to play.”

Butkus says students feel pressure to use performance-enhancing drugs and oftentimes they are unaware of the consequences.
“A lot of coaches sell the (steroids),” Butkus says. He states those coaches are selfish and are in need of “a hell of a guilt-trip,” which he hopes to give them by spreading information about how steroid use can lead to health risks.

He says he got partly motivated by the story of 16-year-old Taylor Hooton from Plano, Texas. Allegedly, when his high school coach told him he needed to get bigger and better, Hooton used anabolic steroids. Hooton’s parents attribute his suicide to steroid use.
Richard Marvin “Dick” Butkus is a former football player and considered to be as the greatest linebacker of his time and one of the greatest players in the history of football. He became a star player first at the University of Illinois and then Chicago Bears. In 1979, he became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.