Former Illini Gridders Back On Campus

April 24, 2006

More than 200 former Illinois football players made it back to campus over the weekend to renew acquaintances with their teammates and other letterwinners. A reception, held Friday evening in the West Great Hall of Memorial Stadium, was the main formal event of the weekend in addition to the spring game, but a number of informal gatherings took place on golf courses and other local establishments.

A number of former players and current staff members were privileged to meet arguably "the best linebacker to play the game," Dick Butkus, who was back at his alma mater. Butkus is one of only two Illinois gridders (the other is Red Grange) to have had his jersey number retired.