So you can imagine how much it stings for Bears fans to not only see the nephew of team legend Dick Butkus work for the Packers, but for the all-time legend to actually support his nephew's new job.
Dick Butkus 'excited' nephew is on Packers coaching staff https://t.co/1GIO3XqCTl— MinnesotaCheeseHeads (@MnCheeseHeads) February 19, 2019
Luke Butkus will spend the 2019 NFL season as an assistant offensive line coach under the new regime of Matt LaFleur in Green Bay. The legendary linebacker is "excited" for his nephew's new job with the Packers.
If you're a Bears fan, it's enough to make you sick to your stomach.
While the Packers have dominated the rivalry in recent years, the Bears are on the upswing under head coach Matt Nagy. They finished atop the NFC North for the first time since 2010.
Luke Butkus, the nephew of legendary #Bears LB Dick Butkus, said his uncle was "excited for the opportunity that I have to be part of this, being back in the NFL." Mentioned family comes first, so because of that the Butkus family will be rooting for the #Packers this fall. pic.twitter.com/P6Rj8DSXOT— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) February 18, 2019
The Packers, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the second straight year and finished with a disappointing 6-9-1 record thanks to a slew of injuries.
It's a cruel twist of fate for the Bears faithful, but Luke's hiring just etches another mark into the long and storied relationship between the two franchises.