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Some of you may know Alex Karras as an actor (eg Blazing Saddles) but to long time NFL fans, he was a force of the Detroit Lions.   He played pro ball long before many of you were born.

He had dementia and many think his years in the NFL caused it.

“…..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…….Karras played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring in 1970 at age 35. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1960, 1961 and 1965, and he made the Pro Bowl four times. He missed the 1963 season when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in a gambling probe. Karras was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the All-Decade Team of the 1960s…..”  Click here to read the entire AP story