Butkovich carrying ball behind blocking from Buscemi (50) and Kasap (64) in 1943
|Date of birth:||April 4, 1921|
|Place of birth:||St. David, Illinois|
|Date of death:||April 18, 1945 24)(aged|
|Place of death:||Okinawa, Okinawa|
|High school:||Lewistown (IL)|
|NFL Draft:||1944 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11|
|* 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.
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 Career Totals||202||1,007||4.9||71.9||16|
He was killed in action at Okinawa.
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- "1942 Final Big Ten Football Statistics" (PDF). www.umich.edu. University of Michigan. December 2, 1942. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
- "Remembering the fallen heroes". www.sports.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 11, 2004. Retrieved September 19, 2010.