lex Karras, former All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, who had a second career as an actor after retiring from the NFL, died Wednesday at 77. Karras had been suffering from kidney failure, the latest in a variery of health problems that included dementia and cancer. After retiring from football in 1970, Karras became an actor, starring in the Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles and later in the ABC sitcom Webster. He also worked in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth from 1974 to 1976, alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.
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