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wpr  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:31:31 AM(UTC)
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Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.

And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom ''Webster'' or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in ''Blazing Saddles.''

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. He was 77.

Karras had recently suffered kidney failure and been diagnosed with dementia. The Lions also said he had suffered from heart disease and, for the last two years, stomach cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

''Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex,'' Lions president Tom Lewand said.

He was the heart of the Lions' famed ''Fearsome Foursome,'' terrorizing quarterbacks for years. The Lions handed the powerful 1962 Green Bay Packers their only defeat that season, a 26-14 upset on Thanksgiving during which they harassed quarterback Bart Starr constantly.

Packers guard Jerry Kramer wrote in his diary of the 1967 season about his trepidation over having to play Karras.

''I'm thinking about him every minute,'' Kramer wrote.



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He was almost before my time when he played in the NFL. There was no a lot of media coverage back then. But I knew he was a heck of a player.
wpr  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:39:41 AM(UTC)
After his 1 year suspension for gambling: (#4 on the list.)
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Upon returning to action in 1964, Karras once refused when an official asked him to call the pregame coin toss. "I'm sorry, sir," Karras replied. "I'm not permitted to gamble."
zombieslayer  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:40:12 AM(UTC)
I remember him from Webster. Seemed pretty cool. Or at least, his character was.

Bummer. :(
Packerchick  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:10:29 AM(UTC)
zombieslayer said: Go to Quoted Post
I remember him from Webster. Seemed pretty cool. Or at least, his character was.

Bummer. :(



I knew him that way too, also from Blazing Saddles and Porkys.

"Mongo like candy" - Blazing Saddles

"This is a man's county. Get the ____ out" - Porkys
wpr  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:38:25 AM(UTC)
Packerchick said: Go to Quoted Post
I knew him that way too, also from Blazing Saddles and Porkys.

"Mongo like candy" - Blazing Saddles

"This is a man's county. Get the ____ out" - Porkys


never saw Porkys but Love him in Blazing Saddles.
Pack93z  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:48:32 AM(UTC)
As noted.. this is what I remember him in film for.


I can't remember watching Webster.. not even once.
Packerchick  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:35:39 PM(UTC)
wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
never saw Porkys but Love him in Blazing Saddles.


LOL especially the cowboys gas attack around the campfire

Thats how I remember Alex Karras too. He will be missed.
wpr  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:07:47 PM(UTC)
Cheesey  
#9 Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2012 4:19:03 PM(UTC)
Packerchick said: Go to Quoted Post
LOL especially the cowboys gas attack around the campfire

Thats how I remember Alex Karras too. He will be missed.


"Blazing saddles".
One of my all time favorite films! Probably the most "unpolitically correct" film of all time!
And if you have only seen it on TV, it probably seems stupid, as all of the racist and profanity is removed, thus taking away all it's deep rooted humor.
The camp fire scene STILL makes me laugh!
yooperfan  
#10 Posted : Friday, October 12, 2012 12:48:23 PM(UTC)
I don't remember him as an actor but I will always remember him as one hell of a football player.
He was really hard on the Packers back in the day.
The Packers/Lions games were a real blood bath in those days.
Him and Hornung were both suspended for gambling at the same time.
Wade  
#11 Posted : Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:29:19 PM(UTC)
Youngsters!

Karras was a dominant player. Hit Bart any number of times.

As good as there was.

I can't believe people remember him only as Mongo and Mr. Webster. Argh.

wpr  
#12 Posted : Sunday, October 14, 2012 2:39:33 PM(UTC)
Wade said: Go to Quoted Post
Youngsters!

Karras was a dominant player. Hit Bart any number of times.

As good as there was.

I can't believe people remember him only as Mongo and Mr. Webster. Argh.



it's a tragedy.
In the 60's I lived down in the Peoria area and there was not a lot of coverage of the NFL and yet I knew who he was.

Hint- reading books about the old days actually helps.
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