The multitalented Alex Karras, RIP

Former football star and actor Alex Karras has died, two days after suffering kidney failure and being transferred to hospice care. He was 77. Karras, a lineman for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970, made the news last spring

FILE – This is a 1971 file photo showing Detroit Lions football player Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home

Alex Karras loved to perform. He's famous for his success as an actor but he should also be remembered as one of the N.F.L.'s defensive stars of the 1960s. Karras died on Wednesday of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77. A few thoughts

Most reports of Alex Karras's death noted that he had dementia, but not that he attributed his dementia to his years playing in the NFL. Nor did they mention that he was one of the players suing the League for concealing what it knew about the long

A League Outlaw With an Endearing Scowl. By BILL MORRIS. Published: October 13, 2012. For me, Alex Karras will always be a pink giant with a towel wrapped around his waist. He will always have a scowl on his face, a cigar in one paw and a cold beer in