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Alex Karras former Detroit Lions All-Pro has kidney failure and is near death
http://www.nydailynews.com/ ^

Posted on 10/09/2012 2:50:22 PM PDT by jakerobins

DETROIT — Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says the franchise is deeply saddened to learn of Alex Karras’ condition.

The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported Monday that the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has kidney failure and has been given only a few days to live.

The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia. He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries.

Detroit drafted Karras out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons.

He may be even better well known for his work as an actor. He played the role of Mongo in the 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles,” and was a lovable father in the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”

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Prayers for Recovery. Thanks for the laughter from Blazing Saddles and Webster....
1 posted on 10/09/2012 2:50:25 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: cripplecreek

You on this brah? Mongo need prayer!


2 posted on 10/09/2012 2:52:22 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

He had a nice little acting career going. Very sad.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 2:56:03 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
How bout some Michigan prayers for Alex and his family.

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4 posted on 10/09/2012 2:57:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jakerobins
Prayers up.

/johnny

5 posted on 10/09/2012 2:58:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jakerobins

6 posted on 10/09/2012 2:59:59 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( *Luke 6:43-45* Twas Ever Thus!)
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To: jakerobins

Brings back memories of the Lindell A.C. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/sports/missing-the-lindell-ac-in-detroit-where-athletes-mixed-with-fans.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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In 1963, Pete Rozelle, the commissioner of the N.F.L., suspended Paul Hornung, the golden boy of the Green Bay Packers, and Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras for gambling on games in the Lindell A.C. Rozelle also ordered Karras to divest himself of his one-third interest in the saloon. Hornung was contrite; Karras was outraged. The scandal was excellent for the Butsicarises’s business.

To work out his anger, Karras took up professional wrestling during his suspension. One night, he and a future opponent, Dick the Bruiser, went at each other inside the Lindell A.C., an epic brawl that left the place — and Karras — in tatters.

Six years later, Martin, then manager of the Minnesota Twins, got into a dispute inside the Lindell A.C. with one of his own pitchers, burly Dave Boswell, a 20-game winner that year. Though Martin was giving away several inches and many more pounds, they took their differences into the alley behind the bar. When it was over, Boswell’s face required 20 stitches while Martin’s needed just seven. Apparently impressed by Martin’s way of handling his pitching staff, the Tigers hired him two years later, and he led the team to the division title in 1972.

But perhaps the thing that truly set the Lindell A.C. apart — and the thing that reveals just how different its world was from the world we live in today — was the way professional athletes and other celebrities, from Mickey Mantle to Milton Berle to Andre the Giant, mingled with ordinary fans.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 3:04:03 PM PDT by CreviceTool ( Obama is standing above the country above - above the world, he is sort of a God = Evan Thomas)
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To: jakerobins

For Blazing Saddles you bet. Not for Webster.

I just wonder why they can’t do any sort of dialysis on him if they know his kidneys are failing.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 3:04:44 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: jaz.357
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_RKPGS2vwM
9 posted on 10/09/2012 3:08:56 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: All

More here;

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2942420/posts


10 posted on 10/09/2012 3:18:58 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: jakerobins

He also played the Sheriff in “Porkies.”


11 posted on 10/09/2012 3:29:19 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: cripplecreek; All

A prayer for Alex, one member of the Detroit Lions original Fearsome Foursome - Alex Karras, Roger Brown, Darris McCord, Sammy Williams.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/24/sports/football/vince-lombardis-packers-stunned-by-lions-on-thanksgiving.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


12 posted on 10/09/2012 3:35:30 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Secret Agent Man

If you are suffering from dementia, do you want your family and doctors to prolong your life with dialysis. His wishes may be known to his doctors and family as part of his living will/advance directives.


13 posted on 10/09/2012 3:39:30 PM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: proud2beconservativeinNJ
I only have one kidney left, and if something happens to it, I'm shuffling off this mortal coil and headed for a sweeter and fairer land.

My daughter that has authority over that is well aware of my wishes.

God bless his family.

/johnny

14 posted on 10/09/2012 3:44:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jakerobins

I remember him in the TV series Centennial, he was very good in that.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 4:03:29 PM PDT by WonkyTonky
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To: jakerobins

Webster’s dad got prayers from me...


16 posted on 10/09/2012 4:21:55 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: jakerobins
I recall that his wife was a Babe
17 posted on 10/09/2012 4:30:25 PM PDT by mikrofon (Godspeed, Mr. Karras)
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To: jakerobins

Prayers up.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 4:31:23 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: Secret Agent Man

For Blazing Saddles you bet. Not for Webster.

I just wonder why they can’t do any sort of dialysis on him if they know his kidneys are failing.


He probably has other organ failure...and/or...his cancer may be too advanced for dialysis to help

My father is the same age as Karras, and is suffering from renal problems....near renal failure. And I have a step-brother (my age) who has advanced renal failure. It’s not fun, and I pray for Karass and his family.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: jakerobins

If I recall correctly, Alex, on MOnday Night Football defined Oakland Raider’s tough guy, Otis Sistrunk as being from the University of Mars (as Otis was full shaved head and steam was pouring off his dome when he took his helmet off)


20 posted on 10/09/2012 4:34:29 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: jakerobins


21 posted on 10/09/2012 4:38:35 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: jakerobins
His nephew Ted Karras started a football program from scratch at Marian University here in Indianapolis.

In 4 years they were playing for the NAIA championship.

Good bloodline.

22 posted on 10/09/2012 4:40:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: nascarnation

In Nov 1963, in the Detroit Lions game in New Orleans Tulane Stadium, Tom Dempsey was sent on the field to kick a 64 yard field unheard of distance field goal, which he did. Karas is reported to have said when Dempsey took the field, “What is a Dempsey?”

Dempsey made the goal and the record still stands and the Saints won the game with the new coach of the day. I remember listening to the radio broadcast of the game as it was not on TV that Sunday afternoon.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 5:13:31 PM PDT by LaMudBug
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To: LaMudBug

I think that game with the Dempsey field goal was in 1970 or 1971.


24 posted on 10/09/2012 5:21:30 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: LaMudBug

The Saints weren’t in the league until 1968. Dempsey’s kick was 63 yards and the record has since been tied.


25 posted on 10/09/2012 5:21:30 PM PDT by AlienandStranger
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To: WonkyTonky

Hans Brumbaugh, King of Potatoes!


26 posted on 10/09/2012 5:22:48 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: jakerobins
I remember reading that Karras had horrible sight and learned to follow his blocker to the ball. He also had a little dance that unnerved many an offensive lineman.
27 posted on 10/09/2012 5:22:54 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: CreviceTool

Is it just me or was there a lot more testosterone around back in those days?

Does anyone remember Alex in “How the West was Won” - he played an immigrant farmer - very endearing and well done.

I am very sad about this news - Prayers to you, Alex!


28 posted on 10/09/2012 5:46:14 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san

Correction - Alex was in “Centennial” - getting my movies mixed up.


29 posted on 10/09/2012 5:51:31 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: jakerobins

Mongo! Santa Maria!


30 posted on 10/09/2012 6:17:01 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: proud2beconservativeinNJ

no, probably not. i suppose it would depend on how bad the dementia was.


31 posted on 10/09/2012 6:20:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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