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Flowers left for John Capel
I met Bruce as a junior high football player in Glen Ellyn. I remember watching him play for the Glenbard West Hilltoppers, and I especially remember how hard he hit. I wanted to be just like him.I remember how big his hand looked when he put it out to shake mine. I wondered why this big man on campus would show an interest in a kid like me. It always bothered me that Bruce had the poor timing to play at Illinois at the same time Dick Butkus played at the same position.With his inspiration I went on to play college football. Though I wasn't able to serve I have two sons who played college football and serve our country as career officers in the Army and Marines. They have both fought in Afghanistan. I ride with the Patriot Riders and Bruce's name is embroidered on my vest... I ride in his honor. His legacy lives on in my family and his life continues to inspire many. He will not be forgotten! - Dick Burton
- Dick Burton
 Added: Jan. 6, 2012
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