Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, whose name became synonymous with the Chicago Bears and hard-nosed defense, has died, his family announced Thursday.
Dick Butkus was a Pro Football Hall of Famer widely regarded as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history
But what do you know about Butkus’ daughter, Nikki?
Nikki Butkus early life
Nikki Butkus was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the youngest of Dick Butkus’ three children.
Her older brothers are Ricky and Matt.
She was born on June 5, 1972, in Chicago, Illinois.
She grew up in the shadow of her famous father, but she has always been her own person.
Nikki’s childhood was heavily influenced by her father’s football career. She grew up attending Bears games and watching her father dominate on the field.
However, Nikki never felt pressure to follow in her father’s footsteps.
“I never felt like I had to live up to my dad’s legacy,” Nikki said in an interview. “I knew that I was my own person, and I could do whatever I wanted with my life.”
Nikki Butkus’ career
After graduating from high school, Nikki Butkus attended Columbia College Chicago, where she studied art and photography.
After graduating from college, Nikki began working as a freelance artist and photographer.
Nikki’s work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.
She has also exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country.
In addition to her work as an artist and photographer, Nikki is also a motivational speaker.
She often speaks to schools and businesses about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams.