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Alex Karras, RIP

Anonymous17630 Wrote: Oct 13, 2012 8:37 AM
One of Karras' contributions to the game was the banning of the head slap. A tactic he used to disorient his opponent. Mr Karras probably inflicted as much head trauma as he endured. I also liked the way he would laugh when a QB was sacked on MNF.

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”

Karras was a star on the great Detroit Lions defenses of the early 1960s—a unit that included four Hall-of-Famers: middle linebacker Joe Schmidt and defensive backs Night Train Lane, Dick LeBeau, and Yale Lary, all three of whom were in the top five for career interceptions at the time they retired. This defense led the way to one of the greatest...