The University of Illinois will honor Dick Butkus with a statue, and it will record 12 tackles.

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According to CBS Sports, in 2019 Illinois will memorialize legend Dick Butkus with statue near its stadium. Dick Butkus played at the University Illinois from 1962-64, and was a three time All-American. He went on to become one of the most feared defensive players in NFL history with the Chicago Bears, and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Will this statue help the U of I defense, possibly inspire them? Can the University of Illinois use this statue as a recruiting tool? Will Lovey Smith talk slowly to the statue? Only time will tell.