Tony Butkovich

Tony Butkovich

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Butkovich carrying ball behind blocking from Buscemi (50) and Kasap (64) in 1943
No. 25
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-04-04)April 4, 1921
Place of birth: St. David, Illinois
Date of death: April 18, 1945(1945-04-18) (aged 24)
Place of death: Okinawa, Okinawa
Career information
High school: Lewistown (IL)
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1944 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Anthony J. "Tony" Butkovich (April 4, 1921 – April 18, 1945) was an American football fullback from the University of Illinois and spent his last year at Purdue. He was drafted by the Cleveland Rams in the first round of the 1944 NFL Draft, but never played professional football. Instead, he enlisted in the US Marines and fought in World War II.

Purdue career

He led the nation in rushing in 1943; 833 yds, 142 carries (5.9 avg), scoring 16 touchdowns (still a Boilermakes single season record) and led the Boilermakers to a record of 9–0 and a share of the Big Ten Title. The Boilermakers finished the season as the No. 4 team in the nation. In conference play alone, he led the conference in rushing (629 yrds over 95 carries) and scoring (13 touchdowns, 78 points).

He was selected All-American by the Associated Press (AP), International News Service, The Sporting News, United Press International (UPI) and Stars and Stripes; he was also First Team, All-Conference.



NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Illinois Fighting Illini
Season Rushing
Att Yards Avg Yds/G TD
1941 -- -- -- -- --
1942 60 174 2.9 34.8 --
Purdue Boilermakers
1943 142 833 5.9 92.6 16
NCAA Career Totals 202 1,007 4.9 71.9 16

Peraonsl life

He was a native of St. David, Illinois and graduated from Lewistown High School in Lewistown, Illinois.

He was killed in action at Okinawa.[3]


  1. "Tony Butkovich". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  2. "1942 Final Big Ten Football Statistics" (PDF). University of Michigan. December 2, 1942. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  3. "Remembering the fallen heroes". ESPN Internet Ventures. November 11, 2004. Retrieved September 19, 2010.

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