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Former Lions Great Alex Karras Passes Away


Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras died Wednesday at the age of  77. Karras, who had been suffering from dementia and kidney failure, passed away at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members. Karras was selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick in the 1958 Draft out of Iowa and went on to play 12 seasons. He was a four-time defensive tackle Pro Bowl selection and was a member of the NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team, despite missing the 1963 season due to 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.

Week 6 of the NFL season kicks off tonight in Nashville, where the 1-and-4 Tennessee Titans will host the 2-and-2 Pittsburgh Steelers.