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Lions great Alex Karras dies at 77

10:47 AM, Oct. 10, 2012

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Alex Karras, a bull-necked defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who chased NFL quarterbacks on muddy fields more than 50 years ago but was ahead of his time as a multimedia personality, died early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 77.

"After a heroic fight with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and for the last two years, stomach cancer," Karras died at his home, surrounded by family, a family spokesman told CNN.com.

Karras never slowed down after a 13-year NFL career -- he was suspended one season for gambling -- turning to an acting career he'd built in previous off-seasons. He ...

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