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Tony Butowicz

When Gordon Larson was named the new head football coach at The University of Akron in 1961, he had already decided on one athlete he planned to recruit. As an assistant at Ohio State the previous year, Larson had recruited this talent edindividual. When this young lad form Akron St. Vincent was named honorary captain of the Akron Beacon Journal's All-District team, Larson made this outstanding gridder his first recruit signed at Akron U. That player's name was Christopher Anthony Butowicz's decision worked out to their mutual benefit. Butowicz became a starter as a freshman and continued as a starter throughout his four years. Enroute to helping rejuvenate the UA football program, which produced a 25-10 record in four seasons, Butowicz accomplished a feat that had never been achieved by a UA athlete. He was named to the All-Ohio Conference all-star team all four years - the first season on the second team and the subsequent three years - the first season on the second team and the subsequent three years as a first team pick. Those accomplishments earned Butowicz a 1979 induction into his alma mater's sports hall of fame. Standing 6-0 and weighing 185 pounds one would have never suspected that Butowicz was a lineman - a quick pulling guard. Besides being a four-time All-OC pick, Butowicz was voted the most outstanding freshman player and again in his senior campaign. As a sophomore he was selected UA's most outstanding lineman.

Inducted 1992 | Football