David Butz (born June 23, 1950) is a former American Football defensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins in a sixteen-year career from 1973 to 1988.
Butz played high school football at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he was two-time high school All-American. He also played basketball and was the Illinois High School discus champion, setting a state record. He then played college football at Purdue University, where he was a 1972 finalist for the Lombardi Award. He was a 1st team All-Big Ten member and played in both the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, where he was named the Defensive MVP.
At the victory parade following the Redskins win in Super Bowl XXII, Butz famously shouted to the crowd, "We came, we saw, we kicked their butz."
Butz was later named to Purdue's All Time Football team and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Butz was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he would play for two seasons. Redskins coach George Allen gave the Cardinals two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder for the right to Butz. Butz then played for the Washington Redskins for 14 years, where he had three Super Bowl appearances. He ranks third in franchise history in sacks (59.5). He was a one time Pro Bowler in 1983 in a season in which he got eleven sacks, a career best. He only missed four games in his entire 16-year career. Butz was among the largest players in the NFL when he played standing 6'8" and routinely weighing around 300 pounds. When he retired, he was the oldest starting player in the NFL.
Butz was selected to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.
In 1975 Butz was granted free agency due to a mistake in his contract that he signed as a rookie in 1973. George Allen quickly signed him, but the NFL ruled that the Redskins had to pay the Cardinals 2 first round picks (1977 & 1978) and a second round pick (1979). Washington Post 1975.
Butz has recently served as a consultant and board member for the National Rifle Association.
Butz currently lives in Belleville, Illinois.
He is the nephew of Earl Butz, a former United States Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford; his uncle held the Cabinet post during Butz's first season in Washington.
- George Allen Head Coach 1971–77
- Cliff Battles RB 1932–37
- Sammy Baugh QB 1937–52
- Gene Brito DE, 1951–53, 1955–58
- Larry Brown RB 1969–76
- Dave Butz DT 1975–88
- Gary Clark WR 1985–92
- Jack Kent Cooke Owner 1961–97
- Bill Dudley RB, 1950–51, 1953
- Wayne Curry Prince George's County Executive 1994–2002
- Pat Fischer CB 1968–77
- Joe Gibbs Head Coach, 1981–92, 2004–07
- Darrell Green CB 1983–2002
- Russ Grimm G 1981–91
- Chris Hanburger LB 1965–78
- Ken Harvey LB 1994–98
- Len Hauss C 1964–77
- Phil Hochberg PA Announcer 1963–2000
- Ken Houston S 1973–80
- Sam Huff LB, 1964–67, 1969
- Joe Jacoby T/G 1981–93
- Dick James RB 1956–63
- Sonny Jurgensen QB 1964–74
- Charlie Justice RB, 1950, 1952–54
- Billy Kilmer QB 1971–78
- Eddie LeBaron QB, 1952–53, 1955–59
- Vince Lombardi Head Coach 1969
- Dexter Manley DE 1981–89
- Charles Mann DE 1983–93
- George Preston Marshall Team Founder & Owner 1932–69
- Wayne Millner End, 1936–41, 1945
- Bobby Mitchell Flanker 1962–68
- Brian Mitchell RB/KR 1990–99
- Art Monk WR 1980–93
- Mark Moseley PK 1974–86
- Brig Owens DB 1966–77
- Richie Petitbon S 1971-72, defensive coordinator 1981-92
- Vince Promuto G 1960–70
- John Riggins RB, 1976–79, 1981–85
- Jerry Smith TE 1965–77
- Charley Taylor WR 1964–77
- Sean Taylor S 2004–07
- Joe Theismann QB 1974–85
- Lamar "Bubba" Tyer Head Athletic Trainer, 1971–2002, 2004–08
- Doug Williams QB 1986–89