"That's my payback," he said.
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From destroyer to guardian, life has come full circle for Butkus at 70.
Some things never change, though.
Because of his arthritis, Butkus takes medication that makes him susceptible to infection. When he expressed concern about having to shake so many hands, he was advised to fist bump instead.
He tried it. Then one day a fan extended his hand as if to shake and didn't see the bump coming.
Broke the guy's finger.
That was Butkus then. This is Butkus now.