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Crushaholic 10-10-2012 07:57 AM

Alex Karras is gone...
 
Some of us knew it was coming, and now it's been confirmed. RIP Mr. Karras...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...lions/1623419/

TheReverend 10-10-2012 08:02 AM

:(

ColoradoDarin 10-10-2012 08:02 AM

I had no idea that Mongo was Webster's dad. RIP.

Crushaholic 10-10-2012 08:03 AM

I found a clip of Karras, from a Monday Night Football game. He appears at around the 3:40 mark...

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/54sYDyCJHj0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

10-10-2012 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ColoradoDarin (Post 3693540)
I had no idea that Mongo was Webster's dad. RIP.

Ya that's news to me too. Mongo like beans

Wes Mantooth 10-10-2012 08:10 AM

that's too bad. Rip big guy

baja 10-10-2012 08:25 AM

RIP

Kaylore 10-10-2012 08:30 AM

I knew him more as an actor than his football heroics. RIP.

broncocalijohn 10-10-2012 08:41 AM

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Dude was one of the few studs for Detroit back in the 60s. He was a stud and smart that he jumped into broadcasting and acting after that (as many others did too).

RIP Mongo

Rohirrim 10-10-2012 08:46 AM

Sad. He was a funny guy. RIP.

Broncomutt 10-10-2012 09:00 AM

Never forget him slugging that horse in Blazing Saddles.

RIP

Miss I. 10-10-2012 09:24 AM

Really sad. RIP Mongo. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

BowlenBall 10-10-2012 09:33 AM

RIP, Mr. Karras.

http://ct.fra.bz/ol/fz/sw/i58/5/4/28...90ad2d8c2e.jpg

ghwk 10-10-2012 10:23 AM

If you want a really enjoyable read about Karras, John Gordy and the Lions back in the 60's read George Plimpton's book Mad Ducks and Bears, when as an author he was allowed to attend the Lions training camp and eventually run a play in pre season.

I think I read this in 6th or 7th grade when my father gave me the book. It was the funniest thing I'd read to that point in my life. Until you read it you won't know what a prankster Karras was.

RIP dude, you were one of the greats.

10-10-2012 10:40 AM

He was in a pretty good made for tv western called "Hardcase." Clint Walker was in it too.

Check it out if you can find it on a torrent site.

TDmvp 10-10-2012 10:40 AM

Sigh , Heard he was bad off yesterday. RIp Alex

Durango 10-10-2012 10:41 AM

Alex Karras was playing for the Detroit Lions when they played Denver in a pre-season game somewhere around 1965-66.

It was the first game played between the NFL & the AFL after the merger agreement had been reached. The leagues wouldn't fully merge for regular season play until 1970, but the Detroit-Denver game was the very first of any kind between the two leagues.

Alex Karras told the media he would walk back to Detroit if they lost to the Broncos.

They lost to the Broncos. A very miserable Karras flew back with his team, saying his statement was just a way to get the Lions fired up. He never lived that down and even Cosell made reference to it more than once.

We lost a wonderful talent in many more ways than football, and I'll miss him.

gunns 10-10-2012 12:58 PM

One of the things I remember was when he was on Johnny Carson describing Dempsey's 63 yard field goal. "What's a Dempsey" "What's he doing out there" "They're on the wrong side of the field" "He didn't make it". He had a very comical nature. RIP

10-10-2012 01:12 PM

http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=I.47864...24273&pid=15.1

I believe Denver was the first AFL team to beat an NFL team. Denver beat Detroit in the preseason, maybe, and Before the game Karras said that if Denver won he'd walk back to Detroit. Which he did not.

broncosteven 10-10-2012 01:19 PM

I always enjoyed his stories when he was on MNF or an NFL Films production.

I would stop anything I was doing to listen to Alex and Art Donavan.

Never could watch him on Webster, it was like he took the Merlin Olsen route on TV.

Alex will be missed.

theAPAOps5 10-10-2012 09:02 PM

RIP Mr. Papadopoulos

Pony Boy 10-10-2012 09:11 PM

RIP

I loved the book Paper Lion

dsmoot 10-10-2012 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by broncosteven (Post 3693763)
I always enjoyed his stories when he was on MNF or an NFL Films production.

I would stop anything I was doing to listen to Alex and Art Donavan.

Never could watch him on Webster, it was like he took the Merlin Olsen route on TV.

Alex will be missed.

One of the truly funny men in the NFL. He only went to 3 Pro Bowls but he was much better than that. Never really got his due as a player because of playing in Detroit. Some of those Detroit defensive teams in the early - mid 60s were very good. I was fortunate to see him play against Baltimore in 1967 in my first NFL game. A 17 -17 tie where Unitas was injured. He missed a whole season with Hornung for gambling.

broncosteven 10-11-2012 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Pony Boy (Post 3693985)
RIP

I loved the book Paper Lion

I did too, I have to admit I couldn't finish Mad Ducks and Bears though, it was too scattered not as well written. Maybe some day I will give it another try.


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