These are the Dick Butkus Award winners. It goes to the nation's best linebacker each year.

  1. 2006 - Patrick Willis, Mississippi
  2. 2005 - Paul Posluszny, Penn State
  3. 2004 - Derrick Johnson, Texas
  4. 2003 - Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
  5. 2002 - EJ Henderson, Maryland
  6. 2001 - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
  7. 2000 - Dan Morgan, Miami
  8. 1999 - LaVar Arrington, Penn State
  9. 1998 - Chris Claiborne, USC
  10. 1997 - Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio St
  11. 1996 - Matt Russell, Colorado
  12. 1995 - Kevin Hardy, Illinois
  13. 1994 - Dana Howard, Illinois
  14. 1993 - Trev Alberts, Nebraska
  15. 1992 - Marvin Jones, Florida St
  16. 1991 - Erick Anderson, Michigan
  17. 1990 - Alfred Williams, Colorado
  18. 1989 - Percy Snow, Mich St
  19. 1988 - Derrick Thomas, Alabama
  20. 1987 - Paul McGowan, Florida St
  21. 1986 - Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
  22. 1985 - Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
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