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November 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

When Dick Butkus was signing autographs in Grange Grove, on the weekend of his statue dedication, I was lucky enough to have him sign the cover of a copy of this same Sports Illustrated issue. I asked him while he was signing; "Dick, I've seen pictures of you with 2 stars, 3 stars, and 4 stars on your helmet. What is the significance/meaning of the stars?" Dick answered: "Oh, that was something that the equipment managers created for significant game impacting plays. It wasn't then like Ohio State is today, where a player gets a buckeye sticker on his helmet for putting his jersey on the right way." True.

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