Named after the Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, the Butkus Award is the most prestigious award a linebacker in collegiate football can receive.The award was established in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.

1985 -- Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
1986 -- Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
1987 -- Paul McGowan, Florida State
1988 -- Derrick Thomas, Alabama
1989 -- Percy Snow, Michigan State
1990 -- Alfred Williams, Colorado
1991 -- Erick Anderson, Michigan
1992 -- Marvin Jones, Florida State
1993 -- Trev Alberts, Nebraska
1994 -- Dana Howard, Illinois
1995 -- Kevin Hardy, Illinois
1996 -- Matt Russell, Colorado
1997 -- Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio State
1998 -- Chris Claiborne, USC
1999 -- LaVar Arrington, Penn State
2000 -- Dan Morgan, Miami
2001 -- Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
2002 -- E.J. Henderson, Maryland
2003 -- Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
2004 -- Derrick Johnson, Texas
2005 -- Paul Posluszny, Penn State
2006 -- Patrick Willis, Mississippi
2007 -- James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2008 -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
2009 -- Rolando McClain, Alabama
2010 -- Von Miller, Texas A&M
2011 -- Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2012 -- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
2013 -- C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Other NU Butkus Finalists
1988--Broderick Thomas, 2nd
1994--Ed Stewart, 3rd