Dick Butkus, iconic Chicago Bears Hall of Famer, and ferocious NFL middle linebacker, passed away at age 80.

The Butkus Family confirmed his peaceful passing at home in Malibu, California.

Bears chairman George H. McCaskey praised Butkus's embodiment of Chicago's spirit and Papa Bear's values.

Butkus, a Chicago native, excelled at both Chicago Vocational High School and the University of Illinois before joining the Bears.

 Known for his intensity and skill, he played his entire eight-season NFL career with the Chicago Bears.

Butkus was a dominant force, earning numerous Pro Bowl selections and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979, also making the NFL All-Decade Teams for the 1960s and 1970s.

Butkus held impressive records in fumble recoveries and interceptions, showcasing his remarkable ball skills.

Post-football, Butkus pursued acting and philanthropy, endorsing products and supporting various charitable causes.

His philanthropic efforts included initiatives promoting heart health and raising awareness about performance-enhancing substances in sports.