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Football great turned actor Alex Karras dies at age 77

Alex Karras, an All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who later worked as a "Monday Night Football" co-host and parlayed his hulking strength into a Hollywood acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77. Karras died at his Los Angeles home, his attorney Craig Mitnick said. Karras had suffered kidney failure days earlier, the latest in a variety of health problems that included dementia and cancer. He was one of more than 3,500 former NFL players who are suing the league in a dispute over concussion-related injuries. Full story: OBITUARY: Alex Karras dies at 77; NFL star turned actor | PHOTOS: Alex Karras | 1935-2012 | | Alex Karras' long TV career included ABC football, 'Webster,' ads NFL / AP
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