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Alex Karras, former All-Pro defensive lineman, actor, dies at 77
CBS Sports ^ | October 10, 2012

Posted on 10/10/2012 8:11:07 AM PDT by Zakeet

Alex Karras, the rugged lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense in the 1960s, then went on to an acting career in which he starred in the sitcom Webster and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

Diagnosed with dementia, Karras in April joined the more than 3,500 former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries, immediately becoming one of the best-known names in the legal fight.

Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

He was a terror on the field, using a variety of moves to push around opposing linemen and get into the backfield. His 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.

For all his prowess on the field, Karras may have gained more fame when he turned to acting in the movies and on television.

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: athletes; comedy; hollywood; karras; nfl; obituary

1 posted on 10/10/2012 8:11:12 AM PDT by Zakeet
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2 posted on 10/10/2012 8:13:20 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Perdogg

Rest in peace Mr. Karras.


3 posted on 10/10/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Zakeet

R.I.P., sir. Condolences to Alex’s family and friends. Quite the character. Fearsome Foursome BUMP!


4 posted on 10/10/2012 8:20:12 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Liberty Valance
Met him several times at Lions games, nicest guy always had time for a fan.
5 posted on 10/10/2012 8:23:32 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Zakeet
Always loved him in 'Porky's' too...played a great idiot sheriff..

RIP Alex..

6 posted on 10/10/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Zakeet

He seemed to be a guy with a good sense of humor.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 8:24:35 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Zakeet

Mongo..RIP


8 posted on 10/10/2012 8:24:50 AM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in...ya'll?)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Alex you were class act on the field and off. Prayers for the family.


9 posted on 10/10/2012 8:26:12 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Mr. Karras. We’re all sad for Mongo


10 posted on 10/10/2012 8:28:04 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Mongo.


11 posted on 10/10/2012 8:28:34 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Fedupwithit


Grab everything that kills!
12 posted on 10/10/2012 8:29:15 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: Mikey_1962
Met him several times at Lions games, nicest guy always had time for a fan.

Thanks for that.....that made me smile. I love hearing things like that.

13 posted on 10/10/2012 8:29:50 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Zakeet

Life catches up with all of us sooner or later. Having Susan by his side to the end must have been a great comfort to him. Deepest sympathy to her.

RIP, big guy.

14 posted on 10/10/2012 8:30:43 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Zakeet
RIP Mongo....you are no longer 'pawn in game of life'.

Thank you Mr. Karras, for making life more enjoyable.

15 posted on 10/10/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Zakeet

R.I.P., Mongo.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 8:33:35 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Vote Romney to stop Obama. Vote conservative Congresspeople to stop Romney.)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Alex.... Thanks for the good memories!


17 posted on 10/10/2012 8:40:27 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: liberalh8ter
Thank you Mr. Karras, for making life more enjoyable.

I second that. RIP, Alex. I'm going to watch my DVD of Blazing Saddles this weekend for the umpteenth time, in Mongo's honor.

18 posted on 10/10/2012 8:51:07 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (November 6th is the tipping point for freedom in America.)
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To: facedown

I was wondering if he and Susan were still together. Glad they were. Loved them in “Babe”.....(Babe Didrikson Zaharias that is). RIP Alex......:(


19 posted on 10/10/2012 9:02:45 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: OB1kNOb
Same here. Blazing Saddles is a go-to favorite and Mongo is a big part of that. Also, it's great to watch our kids (grown ups, now) faces as they watch it and listen to the language. They can't believe how politically incorrect it is and that it was ever allowed to be made!
20 posted on 10/10/2012 9:22:16 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Zakeet

” I’m going to keeeck a touchdown, I am going to keeeck a touchdown”

My favorite Karras quote.


21 posted on 10/10/2012 9:44:05 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: facedown

Dang, I would hate to see someone like that facing me across a scrimmage line. He was a great player, never played dirty.


22 posted on 10/10/2012 9:57:12 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Zakeet

RIP.


23 posted on 10/10/2012 10:03:53 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ops33

I remember reading “Run to Daylight” by Jerry Kramer, and thinking to myself “Boy, he sounds like he and his teammates were scared sh**less of this guy Alex Karras...”


24 posted on 10/10/2012 10:13:26 AM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: Zakeet

Rest In Peace, Mr. Karras, and thank you for putting your God-given talents to such good use. Our prayers are with your loved ones.


25 posted on 10/10/2012 10:26:47 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: Zakeet

RIP Mongo. Lord, please comfort his family in their loss.


26 posted on 10/10/2012 10:56:47 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Perdogg
I remember Alex saying on MNF about "easy money" for playing football. He as off the show soon thereafter.

RIP Mongo, and thanks for the laughs. Blazing Saddles tonight!

27 posted on 10/10/2012 11:03:57 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Perdogg

Sad day.

Prayers to the family.


28 posted on 10/10/2012 7:17:47 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Mr. Karras.

You brought a lot of thrills, a lot of thought, a lot of laughs and a lot of joy to literally millions of people.

Many of us envy your legacy and mourn your passing.


29 posted on 10/10/2012 8:22:39 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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