Karras was the tenth selection of the 1958 NFL draft, taken by the Detroit Lions. In 1975, Karras appeared on MNF colleague Howard Cosell's ill-fated variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell wearing a wig (a la Mongo) and performing "Already Gone" on the beach with The Eagles who were dubbed the "Alex Karras Blues Band" due to tee-shirts the band members wore bearing that moniker. Karras helped the Hawkeyes win the Rose Bowl over Oregon State, 35–19. [16] In 1977, he was cast in the lead of the TV movie Mad Bull.[17]. Karras, who was suffering from kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, including his wife, Susan Clark, the Canadian actress who also played his fictional wife on Webster, said Karras’s attorney, Craig Mitnick, Lions president Tom Lewand released the following statement upon learning of Karras’s deteriorating health: “The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. He participated in the shot put, throwing a respectable 52 feet (16 m). Fearsome NFL defensive lineman. Webster star Alex Karras, who began his career as a football hero for the Detroit Lions, has died, the Associated Press reports. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. When that actually happened, Karras backtracked and flew home on the team plane. In 1972, Karras hosted a local weekly football program for Windsor, Ontario CBC affiliate CKLW-TV, The Alex Karras Football Show; his program generally preceded the CBC's Wednesday night CFL telecasts. And this little guy comes out saying, 'I'm going to kick a touchdown! In his later years, Karras suffered from serious health problems, including dementia, heart disease, and cancer. Packers guard Jerry Kramer wrote in his diary of the 1967 season about his trepidation over having to play Karras. Hawkeye teammate Randy Duncan said, Karras hated Evashevski, and he still does. In 1962, the Lion defense allowed 177 points (12.6 points/game), 188 (13.4 ppg) in 1969, and 202 (14.4 ppg) in 1970; for all three years they were second-least in the NFL, thanks in large part to a tough and rugged defensive line led by Karras. He signed with the Lions, spurning an offer from the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The rugged player, who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, with a stint along the way as a commentator on ``Monday Night Football,'' died Wednesday. Despite not allowing a touchdown in the divisional round of the 1970 NFL playoffs, the Lions lost to the Dallas Cowboys 5–0, his first playoff game and his final game. ``Many others across the country came to know Alex as an accomplished actor and as an announcer during the early years of `Monday Night Football.'''. [27], American football player, announcer and actor, Professional Football Researchers Association, "Smart Alex joins Humble Howard, Faultless Frank", "Alex Karras, former NFL lineman, father on Webster TV show, dies at 77", "Alex Karras, N.F.L. Karras and Ohio State tackle John Hicks (in 1973) are two of only three linemen to finish so high in the Heisman Trophy voting. He also worked occasionally as a professional wrestler in the ’50s and ’60s. Karras played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring in 1970 at age 35. Alex Karras, Former Detroit Lion and Star of Webster, Dies at 77. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Alex Karras' name plate is unveiled during the Pride of the Lions induction ceremony during halftime of a NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 in Detroit. The school was just sixty miles (97 km) down the road from our home and we wanted to beat 'em at anything. You can’t base a life on that. In addition, Karras was a consensus first team All-American in 1957. He married actress Susan Clark on March 21, 1980, and they had a daughter together. The film led to Karras' appearance on The Tonight Show. Playing a not-so-bright bruiser in Mel Brooks' ``Blazing Saddles,'' he not only slugged a horse but also delivered the classic line: ``Mongo only pawn in game of life.

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