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Alex Karras Dies of Kidney Failure at Age 77

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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.

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