Of the many relationships we’ve developed since forming this organization, none have been more important than the one than we’ve developed with Dick Butkus and his team. Everyone knows Dick’s reputation as a Hall of Fame NFL Player, but I’ve gotten to know him as a caring father and role model.
After becoming personally exposed to the youth steroid problem, he has dedicated much of his life to helping us battle this scourge. One of his marks of success is the steroid testing legislation which was recently signed into law in Illinois.
Hall of Fame football player Dick Butkus has been looked up to by many Illinois residents over the years. From his days of playing high school ball at Chicago Vocational, to his college exploits at the University of Illinois and then domination from his linebacking position in the NFL, Butkus has been, and has inspired people far and wide.
Now Butkus has helped to inspire a piece of Illinois legislation from his desires to raise awareness about the use of performance-enhancing drugs by high school youths.
Earlier this month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 272 into law. It was a piece of legislation designed by State Representative Jack D. Franks (D-Woodstock) which was crafted after consulting Butkus.