A number of vendors were pulling out the big celebrity guns (no pun intended) for the 2010 SHOT Show. Keeping in line with the NFL playoffs, Taurus - one of the world’s leading small arms manufacturers - unveiled two-time Super Bowl champ Dave Butz.
At 6'8" and 310 pounds, Butz was a defensive lineman way ahead of his time. While his size and speed might be considered prototypical of today's elite defenders, he was more than a nightmare for the offenses of his day. As a lifelong Redskins fan, I can personally say that I miss watching those who played with his style, skill, and humility. The fact that he captained two Super Bowl wins makes it even easier to sit in awe of the man.
A member of the NRA Board, Butz has long defended the right to keep and bear arms. Taurus recognized his work in this field last year by presenting him with the 2009 Taurus Defender of Freedom Award.
Here in Vegas, Butz signed hats, pictures, and allowed fans a look at the rings. Now I can't say for sure, but I believe he was sporting two Super Bowl and one NFC Championship ring. First he'd show them off, let the fans try on the rings, then step to the front for a picture. If the line was a few hundred yards shorter there'd be a picture of the two of us in the slideshow, but there just wasn't time. I had to get back to the SHOT Show.