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RIP Alex Karras

Postby mtn2top » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:01 pm

Some of the younger people may not remember Alex Karras but he was a dominating lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes and then the Detroit Lions. He even had a stint in professional wresting.

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He was one of the first sports figures to cross-over into entertainment, joining Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford on Monday Night Football. They made the show and weekday football the prime-time institution it is today. Along with his real wife Susan Clark, He was a lead actor in the ABC hit series, "Webster."

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He also played in some movies, none of which was more memorable than his role as Mongo in Blazing Saddles. RIP Alex.
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Re: RIP Alex Carras

Postby GatorintheKnox » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:04 pm

"Candy Gram for Mongo! Candy Gram for Mongo!"

One of my favorite movie clips of all time is when he punches the horse in Blazing Saddles. Freaking classic.
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Re: RIP Alex Karras

Postby gatordad » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:29 pm

He also had a big part in "Paper Lion" as himself. He was banned from the NFL for a year for gambling along with Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy from Notre Dame and The Packers.

Alex Karras was wonderful as a player, actor, and TV personality.
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Re: RIP Alex Karras

Postby SavannahGator » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:20 pm

Saddened - he was not only a good NFL player (I'm old enough to remember him) but also a good booth commentator and a very funny actor. RIP Alex Karras.
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