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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blow Out the Candles December 9

One of the most feared linebackers of all time, Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is celebrating his 70th birthday today.

 1972 Topps #170
Career highlights and awards
8× Pro Bowl selection (1965, 1966, 1967,1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
6× First Team All-Pro selection (1965, 1967,1968, 1969, 1970, 1972)
2× Second Team All-Pro selection (1966,1971)
2x NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year(1969, 1970)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Chicago Bears #51 retired
Illinois Fighting Illini #50 retired

"I'm not so mean.  I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important - like a league game or something."





























"Few people get to earn a living at what they like to do and there are hazards in any profession. Football is something I was made for. I gave the game all I could for as long as I could. I guess my only regret was that my career was too short."
"I worked hard at becoming a professional football player, just like society says you should. It said you had to be fierce. I was fierce. Tough. I was tough."
"If I was smart enough to be a doctor, I'd be a doctor. I ain't, so I'm a football player."
"I want to be recognized as the best-no doubt about it. When they say all-pro middle linebacker, I want them to mean Butkus!"



Hall of Famer Joe Kelley was born on this date way back in 1871.
 Kelley was on six pennant winners between 1891 and 1900. He stole a career high 87 bases in 1896 playing for the National League's Baltimore Orioles.

Chicago Blackhawks center Bill "Red" Hay is celebrating his 77th birthday today.
1961-62 Topps #35 
 Red was a member of the 1960-61 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. He won the Calder Trophy in 1960. For the last decade Bill has been the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

4 time All Star Pit Martin was born on this date in 1943. 
 1973-74 Topps #164
Pit was part of some really good Blackhawks teams in the 60's and 70's. He died in 2008 in a snowmobiling accident in Quebec. I think he looks like a hockey playing James Bond in the card pictured here.
January 7, 1967
Boston Bruins' defenseman Bobby Orr sets his sights on puck after his goalie Ed Johnston has just blocked a shot by Hawks' Pit Martin (7), during 2nd period of 1/7 game. Black Hawks won, 4-3.

"On November 30, 2008, Martin was reported missing following a snowmobile accident on Lake Kanasuta near Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. He was riding a snowmobile behind a friend when the ice on the lake collapsed shortly after his friend had passed over it. Martin was pronounced dead on December 1, 2008. On December 2, 2008, Quebec Provincial Police divers recovered Martin's body from the lake."

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