About Us


Our Mission 

Team Butkus is committed to promoting an appreciation of community and bringing people together through charitable activities.


Matt Butkus  - President 


The “second son of 51”, Matt Butkus, is actively involved in all charitable and cause marketing activities involving Dick Butkus, specifically playing an active role with The Butkus Foundation and Butkus Award. He conceived the I Play Clean™ campaign and was instrumental in expanding the Butkus Award® to three levels of play when the award was returned to the Butkus family in 2008. Butkus played football for USC, including the 1990 Rose Bowl win over Michigan. A sports enthusiast, he forges personal and lasting relationships with virtually all of the NFL, NCAA and prep athletes connected to Butkus activities.


Patrick McRaith 


Patrick McRaith is a lifelong Bears Fan and graduated from Loyola University in Chicago where he was a member of the golf team.  He is dedicated to making Team Butkus a household name, and helping raise funds for organizations in the Chicago area that do amazing work.  


Matt Amendola  

Matt Amendola is from The Woodlands, Texas, and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He is a prominent sports marketing professional who is excited to share some of his insights on the “Butkus Beyond the Line” podcast. He is also a member of “Team Butkus” doing events around the city of Chicago. 

Amendola graduated from the Woodlands H.S where he played strong safety and linebacker. He was recognized with all-state honors at linebacker and was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club as a safety. He continued his football career at Baylor University, playing free safety and special teams, and graduated in 2002. Amendola also continued his passion for football off the field by providing radio commentary for high school games. 

Matt is the older brother of 13-year NFL veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola. 


Chad Hopkins 

Chad Hopkins, AKA Hoppy, is a senior sales executive with more than 30 years' worth of marketing and sales experience. Chad assists Team Butkus in a variety of ways. Chad has a successful track record in sales and marketing, and he inspires others by being upbeat, establishing objectives, and achieving success while having fun.  Chad is motivated by his wife, their children, son, and daughter. Chad enjoys exercising, playing pickleball, going to concerts, and watching ALL sporting events in his free time.


Saagar Gupta


Advisor to Team Butkus - Saagar supports Creators, Influencers, and Sports Personalities to launch their own products & small businesses.