Alex Karras Dies of Kidney Failure at Age 77
Legendary football player and television personality Alex Karras died from kidney failure Wednesday morning at the age of 77.
Karras played for the Detroit Lions of the NFL from 1958-62 and again from 1964-70, racking up four Pro Bowl selections. He was named to the 1960s All-Decade NFL team.
Born in Gary, Indiana, in 1935, Kerras had a long television career following his playing days.
He joined ABC in 1974 as a commentator for the network’s broadcast of Monday Night Football. He was in the role for three years, leaving after the 1976 NFL season.
He famously played Mongo and punched a horse in the film “Blazing Saddles.”
He also starred in the television series “Webster,” playing George Papadapolis, the adoptive father of Webster.