Alex Karras, former star NFL lineman and actor, dies at 77

10:45 AM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
This 1971 file photo shows Detroit Lions' Alex Karras
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Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Karras, who had been suffering from dementia and kidney failure, died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members.

Karras was selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick of the 1958 NFL Draft out of Iowa and went on to play 12 seasons. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was a member of the NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team, despite missing the 1963 season as a suspension for alleged gambling.

After his playing days ended in 1970, Karras embarked on an acting career. He is best-remembered for his roles as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" and as the father in the 1980s television sitcom "Webster."

Karras is one of many former players who have taken part in a concussion lawsuit filed against the NFL.


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