Tony Butkovich

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Tony Butkovich
Tony Butkovich.jpg
Butkovich carrying ball behind blocking from Buscemi (50) and Kasap (64) in 1943
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)
Career information
College: Illinois, Purdue
NFL draft: 1944 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
*Offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
8th in Heisman voting, 1943
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards: --
Receptions-yards: --
Touchdowns: --

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[edit]

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 #4 team in the nation. In conference play alone, he led the conference in rushing {629 yrds over 95 carries (6.6 avg)} and scoring {13 TDs, 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.

He was killed in action at Okinawa.[1]

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


  1. ^ Remembering the fallen heroes. ESPN. November 11, 2004. Retrieved on September 19, 2010.

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