Orange County Saved NFL Great Dick Butkus?


You can blame Orange County for many things: Laguna Beach, The Hills, TBN, professional Holocaust deniers, Allan Mansoor, Public Enemy Number One Death Squad, Curt Pringle.

But a Chicago newspaper is reporting this morning that OC might have actually made a positive contribution to society.
Yep, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, legendary NFL star Dick Butkus was saved on our precious soil.

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In August 2001, the retired Chicago Bear's linebacker accepted a free, five-minute heart screening at the Orange County Heart Institute and was startled to learn that he “had one foot on a banana peel and the other in a grave” because of “an alarming buildup of calcium in his veins,” wrote reporter Sean Jensen.
In response, Butkus–who turned 68 this month and nowadays lives in Malibu–underwent emergency heart surgery that he believes saved his life.
You can read the Sun-Times story HERE.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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