And for more reasons than one.
Not only did Butkus grow up in the Chicago suburb of Chicago Heights and attend the University of Illinois, but he worked for the Bears as a quality control coach for the last three seasons.
Needless to say, this weekend’s matchup will be a unique experience in many ways for the 31-year-old Butkus.
“It was great coaching for my hometown team and who I grew up rooting for,” said Butkus, who took a job with the Seahawks in January. “But I’m here now.”
And then there’s the kicker to this whole homecoming parade — Butkus’ uncle is legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, a Hall of Famer and an eight-time Pro Bowler who became the face of the Chicago sports scene during his heyday.
“You get comparisons but you can’t avoid that — it’s impossible because of the type of player my uncle was,” Butkus said. “If I tried to live up to those expectations, I knew I’d fail, so I kind of paved my own path.”