Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois announces it will build a statue of former star Dick Butkus at the entrance to its new football performance center, expected to be completed before the 2019 season. Butkus was an All-America linebacker and center for the Illini, and won Big Ten MVP honors in 1963. "Usually when you get a statue you are in the dirt, so this will be very different," Butkus said in a statement. "I appreciate the tribute, but it is very humbling."