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Washington Legend Dave Butz, 2-Time Super Bowl Champion, Has Passed Away

Dave Butz

The NFL lost another former great this week.

Dave Butz, who played 16 NFL seasons as a defensive lineman, including 14 of them for Washington, died Friday at the age of 72.

The Washington Commanders' Twitter account relayed the news and highlighted some of Butz's accomplishments from a decorated career.

"We're heartbroken over the loss of Washington Legend Dave Butz, a 2x Super Bowl champion and member of our Ring of Fame and 90 Greatest list," the Washington Commanders tweeted. "Sending our deepest condolences to Dave's family and friends."

Butz was drafted fifth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. After two seasons in St. Louis, he went to Washington. He emerged as a regular starter at defensive tackle for the franchise in 1976 and retained that role through his retirement following the 1988 season.

Butz was part of two Super Bowl winning Washington teams, in 1982 and 1987. In 1983, he recorded a career-best 11.5 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams.

Throughout Butz's career, he racked up 64 sacks. He was named to the NFL Hall of Fame's All-1980s team and is memorialized in Washington's Ring of Fame.

Rest in Peace, Dave Butz.