Alex Karras — Football legend more than the sum of his movie parts

DETROIT – Sadly this past week, Alex Karras, of NFL fame and actor, died after kidney failure. He was 77 years old. Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles in the 1960s. Yet, he made a transition to

Alexander George Karras was born on July 15 1935 in Gary, Indiana. His father was a Greek immigrant who became a physician, his mother a nurse. Alex was an outstanding player at Iowa University, winning the Outland Trophy awarded to the country's top

Alex Karras died Wednesday at 77, after an oddly public decline in his already failing health, the kind of status-report update that famous people are subject to. Not sure most people would want the world knowing everything about their medical

Last week the NFL family lost one of the great characters of all time, Alex Karras. A star defensive lineman with the Lions in the 1960s, Karras had an impressive second career as an actor, starring on the TV show Webster with Emmanuel Lewis and in

karras.jpg. Alex Karras (left), shown here in November 1975 with fellow Monday night football broadcasters Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford, enjoyed a long career as a broadcaster and actor after he retired from the NFL's Detroit Lions after the 1970