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Alex Karras in hospice care suffering from kidney failure
WXYZ TV Detroit ^ | 10/08/2012 | Tom Leyden

Posted on 10/08/2012 8:48:33 PM PDT by iowamark

Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras is in failing health and currently in hospice care.

Karras, who played with the Lions from 1958-62 and then again from 1964-70 after sitting out a season for his role in a gambling scandal, is suffering from kidney failure and according to a report published Monday night in the Detroit Free Press, has been given a short amount of time to live.

Lions team president Tom Lewand issued the following statement Monday night:

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

"We know Alex first and foremost as one of the cornerstones to our Fearsome Foursome defensive line of the 1960s and also as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL," Lewand said. "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.

"We join his legions of fans from both sports and entertainment in prayer and support for Alex, his wife Susan, and his entire family during this most difficult time."

Karras was a force on the Lions defensive line who later starred on the big screen and television. He gained notoriety for his roles in the movie "Blazing Saddles" and the television series "Webster."

Before joining the Lions, Karras starred at the University of Iowa, where he led the Hawkeyes to a Rose Bowl win over Oregon State following the 1956 season.

He was an All-American in 1956 and 1957, winner of the 1957 Outland Trophy as most outstanding lineman in the country and runner-up in the voting for 1957 Heisman Trophy.

Karras was selected by the Lions with the first round draft choice in 1958. Over the course of a career during which he played 161 games, he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named a member of the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1960s.


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1 posted on 10/08/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Good luck, Mongo!


2 posted on 10/08/2012 8:51:12 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: iowamark

is he the guy from Webster? how sad...


3 posted on 10/08/2012 8:51:45 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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4 posted on 10/08/2012 8:52:43 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

one of the best and funniest interviews of all time...i heard him talk about the game against the New Orleans Saints when Tom Dempsey kicked the record for the longest field goal in NFL history which stood for a long time at 59 yards...Dempsey, you may remember, had half a foot...

Karas said, “most guys limp off the field near the end of the game- this guy limped onto the field...we all just stood around and said, the hell with it- if he makes it good for him, and it went through the uprights”...


5 posted on 10/08/2012 8:58:00 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: latina4dubya; All

he was also great in Paper Lion with Alan Alda...


6 posted on 10/08/2012 8:58:47 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: iowamark

Only man, to my knowledge, to punch out a horse.


7 posted on 10/08/2012 9:00:07 PM PDT by daler
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To: God luvs America

and “Against All Odds”


8 posted on 10/08/2012 9:00:18 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: iowamark

God bless Alex, you belong in the Hall!


9 posted on 10/08/2012 9:01:17 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: daler

Or to properly identify Otis Sistrunk’s alma mater.


10 posted on 10/08/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT by daler
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To: iowamark
He will be missed.

11 posted on 10/08/2012 9:02:58 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Ayman al-Zawahiri is alive and GM owes us $26 Billion)
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To: God luvs America
he was also great in Paper Lion with Alan Alda...

And "Victor/Victoria" as James Garner's bodyguard.

Mark

12 posted on 10/08/2012 9:04:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: iowamark
"We know Alex first and foremost as one of the cornerstones to our Fearsome Foursome defensive line of the 1960s and also as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL," Lewand said,

I loved Karras, why isn't he on dialysis?

Oh and BTW, IDK who this Lewand a--hole is, but the only "Fearsome Foursome of the sixties" was the Front Four for the Los Angeles Rams: Rosie Grier, Lamar Lundy, Deacon Jones, and Merlin Olsen.

That's the end of that story right there.

13 posted on 10/08/2012 9:05:15 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I had no idea that was Alex,WOW!


14 posted on 10/08/2012 9:06:16 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: cmsgop

15 posted on 10/08/2012 9:07:01 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Ayman al-Zawahiri is alive and GM owes us $26 Billion)
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To: iowamark

Prayers up.


16 posted on 10/08/2012 9:10:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: iowamark

Mongo sad.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 9:14:21 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: God luvs America

63 yards..regular season game...still stands though has been matched a few times..he was first

i remember it on TV


18 posted on 10/08/2012 9:16:42 PM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in...ya'll?)
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To: iowamark

'Now go on. Get the f___ out of here.'

19 posted on 10/08/2012 9:17:49 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: iowamark

not just a great football player but I really loved his acting. His role as George Zaharias in Babe (the story of Babe Didrickson Zaharias) was one of the best preformances I have ever seen


20 posted on 10/08/2012 9:18:23 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: iowamark

Prayers up for him and family.


21 posted on 10/08/2012 9:20:42 PM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: iowamark

He can’t have any complaints. He had a very long moment in the sun.

CA....


22 posted on 10/08/2012 9:23:05 PM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: iowamark
Did anyone see him on the Tonight Show back in the 70s?

Karras was smoking a cigar, with Tony Randall sitting to his right. Tony says to Johnny Carson, 'Would you please tell him not to smoke?' Karras then said to Johnny, 'Tell Mr. Randall I'm 6'2" and weigh 220 lbs. I'll smoke where I want.'

23 posted on 10/08/2012 9:24:11 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: God luvs America

He was complaining to The Tonight Show about “foreign” kickers. He said “They say ‘I keek a touchdown’.”


24 posted on 10/08/2012 9:26:03 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

IIRC, his quote was “We leave our blood, sweat and body parts all over the field for 59 minutes and then some little foreigner prances out there for five seconds and goes ‘Hooray! I keek a touchdown!’ to decide the game.”

It should be noted that Karras was talking about Cypriot kicker Garo Yepremian, a small man with a bald head who the Lions cut before Yepremian found Super Bowl fame with a botched pass attempt.


25 posted on 10/08/2012 9:59:44 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: MarkL

First thing I thought of was the gay bodyguard in Victor Victoria.

I remember thinking, well, that guy must have a good sense of humor. I guess it helps if you are the elephant in the room, nobody is going to make fun of you...


26 posted on 10/08/2012 10:29:16 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: iowamark

Mongo only pawn... In game of life.


27 posted on 10/09/2012 12:45:35 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: iowamark

Loved Webster....was that his real life wife on that show?? I think she was.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 1:45:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: daler
Or to properly identify Otis Sistrunk’s alma mater.

That was one of the all time great MNF lines!

29 posted on 10/09/2012 2:40:19 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: iowamark
As I recall, his nickname was “The Mad Duck” due to his ambling waddle when he walked.
Great player and very funny guy.
Mongo will be missed but he's headed to a far better place and will be spared having to watch the final collapse of the nation he loved.
30 posted on 10/09/2012 2:43:58 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Obama for president -- of KENYA!)
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To: daler
One of the funniest things I ever heard on television. Right up there with,

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"

31 posted on 10/09/2012 3:23:46 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Good catch - glad to see this corrected before my blood reached full boil. What a way for the author to ruin an otherwise OK article.


32 posted on 10/09/2012 3:31:12 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
ROFL. You'd think an NFL team president would know that, huh?

If I remember correctly, the defensive line of the Detroit Lions back in those days was called the "Silver Rush."

33 posted on 10/09/2012 4:05:52 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: latina4dubya

is he the guy from Webster?

Yes and I believe his wife on the show is his real wife as well. Prayers to entire family.


34 posted on 10/09/2012 4:12:51 AM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: iowamark
Of all the Detroit Lions I can remember, Alex Karras's style of play most reminded me of the Lions logo. Agrrrrresive! I wish I could have met him in person.


35 posted on 10/09/2012 4:43:11 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Alberta's Child

The “Silver Rush” of the Lions defense originated at a time when they were still playing at the Pontiac Silverdome and Alex Karras never played at the Silverdome.


36 posted on 10/09/2012 4:47:18 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I loved Karras, why isn't he on dialysis?

Probably due to all of his other health problems, such as dementia, post-concussion issues, cancer, etc.. Perhaps he's tired of hanging on and is ready to go home.

37 posted on 10/09/2012 5:02:08 AM PDT by awelliott
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To: Ann Archy

Yes Susan Clark. They have 1 child and are apparently still together. Prayers up for them.


38 posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:30 AM PDT by xp38
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To: hinckley buzzard

He may have been too sick to tolerate dialysis (for reasons unrelated to his kidney disease, for example, brain dysfunction), or perhaps he and/or his family decided against it.


39 posted on 10/09/2012 5:07:01 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Mongo only pawn... In game of life.



Best to You and thanks Mr. Karras.

40 posted on 10/09/2012 5:07:43 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: iowamark

He told the story about being in a game , pre-season I think, and it was really hot. The Lions were way behind and he just wanted the game to be over. So, he decided to get into a fight and get tossed out of the game. I forget who was playing across from him, but he said something about the guy’s mother. The fight was on and they both were ejected from the game. After the game Karras was in an elevator going to the hotel bar for a cold one. The elevator stopped at a floor and there was the offensive lineman he’d insulted. Karras wasn’t really that big for a lineman and the other guy was huge. He said the guy got in the elevator and as it started down the guy pushed the stop button and proceeded to teach Karras about insulting people’s mother. I always thought Karras looked like he was having fun and never took himself too seriously.


41 posted on 10/09/2012 5:41:37 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Dick Bachert

Karras wrote a great football book in the early ‘70s with his teammate John Gordy and writer George Plimpton called “Mad Ducks and Bears”. Highly recommend it to any football fan.


42 posted on 10/09/2012 5:46:31 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: Ann Archy

Yes, and both were in The movie Porky’s.


43 posted on 10/09/2012 5:52:38 AM PDT by rintense
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To: napscoordinator
Yes and I believe his wife on the show is his real wife as well.

yes, you are right about that... that is his real wife... how sad for her too... they seem really close...

44 posted on 10/09/2012 7:33:32 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Ken H

OH How sad

Few months I did hear he join lawsuit against NFL about head injuries and they knew it increased of alzemerir and demeteria

I love him as Mongo


45 posted on 10/09/2012 8:53:14 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Ken H

OH How sad

Few months I did hear he join lawsuit against NFL about head injuries and they knew it increased of alzemerir and demeteria

I love him as Mongo


46 posted on 10/09/2012 8:53:31 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: iowamark

I’m very sorry to hear this.


47 posted on 10/09/2012 8:57:00 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: iowamark

Hawkeye nation mourns a great one.


48 posted on 10/09/2012 1:49:24 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: iowamark
I remember him playing against the Bears on a Thanksgiving day in the late 50’s. He totally man handled the Bears offensive line that day. I don't remember the Bears quarter back at the time, but it was a long day for him. I think at his largest he may have weighed 250 but he played like a 300 pound-er!
49 posted on 10/09/2012 2:40:57 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: muir_redwoods
You're probably not old enough to remember:

"Hello, ball!"

50 posted on 10/09/2012 7:51:06 PM PDT by daler
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