Sanford Receives Butkus Silver Anniversary Award

Dec. 12, 2002

Lucius Sanford, former Georgia Tech All-American and NFL outside linebacker, was named the 2002 Butkus Silver Anniversary Award winner by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando (DACO). In conjunction with the Butkus Award Presentation Ceremony, the DACO will formally present the award to Sanford on Friday, December 13, 2002 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World of Florida.

As a four-year starter for Georgia Tech, Sanford was named to virtually every first or second collegiate All-American team as well as becoming one of the top defenders in Rambling Wreck history. As a three-time All-South Independent Team member, Sanford led Georgia Tech in tackles for three straight years and finished his career as the leading tackler in the school’s history with 433. In 1985 he was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The Buffalo Bills selected Sanford in the fourth round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He played a total of 129 games in the NFL for the Bills and the Cleveland Browns and made over a 100 tackles in each of his first four NFL seasons. Sanford had five career interceptions, scored three touchdowns, one fumble return and blocked two punts.

Lucius Sanford is currently on the athletics department staff at Georgia Tech as Director of Student Development and the executive director of the Georgia Tech Letterwinner’s Club.

The Silver Anniversary Award is an annual honor given to the top collegiate linebacker from 25 years ago. Created by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, the Butkus Award and Butkus Silver Anniversary Award carry the name and support of one of the greatest linebackers in football history, Dick Butkus.

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