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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