Alex Karras

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Alex Karras

12 Seasons
161 Games
4 Pro Bowls
1960s All-Decade Team
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(Iowa)...6'2'', 248...Drafted in first round after being voted college football’s outstanding lineman in 1957 … Dominant defensive tackle of his era who utilized variety of moves to elude opponent blockers … Started 153 consecutive games … Led a Detroit defense that finished second in points allowed in the NFL three times that resulted in best win-loss records during his career (11-3 in 1962, 9-4-1 in 1969 and 10-4-0 in 1970 ... Capped career with his lone playoff appearance, 1970 … Recorded four interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries and one safety … Selected First-Team All-Pro four times (1960-62, 1965) … Second-Team All-Pro eight times … Voted to four Pro Bowls (1961-63, 1966) … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s … Born: July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana … Died October 10, 2012 at age of 77.

BIO

Alex Karras Detroit Lions

Alex Karras, a 6’2”, 248-pound defensive tackle from Gary, Indiana, was drafted in the first round (10th player overall) of the 1958 draft by the Detroit Lions. A standout from the University of Iowa, he was voted college football’s outstanding lineman in 1957 and was a collegiate heavyweight wrestling champ.

Karras was the dominant defensive tackle of his era who utilized a variety of moves to elude opponent blockers. His durability was evidenced by him missing just one game during his 12-year career and starting in 153 consecutive games.

A true team leader for the Lions, Karras led a Detroit defense that finished second in points allowed in the NFL three times that resulted in the best win-loss records during his career – 11-3 in 1962, 9-4-1 in 1969 and 10-4-0 in 1970. His career was capped with his lone playoff appearance in 1970.

A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s, Karras was selected First-Team All-Pro four times (1960-62, 1965), Second-Team All-Pro eight times and voted to four Pro Bowls. During his 12 season (1958-1962, 1964-1970) career, Karras played in 161 games. His career totals include four interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries and one safety that season.

During the off season, Karras kept busy as a national television personality. Karras passed away on Oct. 10, 2012 at the age of 77.

STATS

Alex Karras's Stats

Career Statistics
 

Games Played:

1958 Detroit...................................... 12

1959  Detroit...................................... 12

1960 Detroit...................................... 12

1961 Detroit...................................... 14

1962 Detroit...................................... 14

1964 Detroit...................................... 14

1965 Detroit...................................... 14

1966 Detroit...................................... 14

1967 Detroit...................................... 14

1968 Detroit...................................... 14

1969  Detroit...................................... 14

1970  Detroit...................................... 13

Career Total                                        161

Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 1-16; Interceptions: 4-57; Safety: 1



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Alex Karras's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-NFL: 1960 (AP, UPI)  ·  1961 (AP, UPI)  ·  1962 (UPI, NEA)  ·  1965 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)

All-NFL Second Team:  1960 (NY)  ·  1961 (NY)  ·  1962 (AP)  ·  1964 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)  ·  1966 (AP, UPI, NY)  ·  1967 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)  ·  1968 (NEA, NY)  ·  1969 (AP, UPI, NEA)

All-Western Conference:  1961 (SN)  ·  1962 (SN)  ·  1967 (SN)  ·  1968 (SN)

 

Pro Bowls

(4) – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966

           

Team Records

 

Lions records held by Karras

(Records through the 1970 season, Karras’ final season with Detroit)

·    [4th] Most Seasons – 12

·    [4th] Most Games – 161

 

Awards and Honors

·    1960's All-Decade Team

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1958     Detroit Lions....................... 4-7-1   (5th)

1959     Detroit Lions....................... 3-8-1   (5th)

1960     Detroit Lions....................... 7-5-0   (2nd)

1961     Detroit Lions....................... 8-5-1   (2nd)

1962     Detroit Lions..................... 11-3-0   (2nd)

1964     Detroit Lions....................... 7-5-2   (4th)

1965     Detroit Lions....................... 6-7-1   (6th)

1966     Detroit Lions....................... 4-9-1   (6th)

1967     Detroit Lions....................... 7-5-2   (3rd)

1968     Detroit Lions....................... 4-8-2   (4th)

1969     Detroit Lions....................... 9-4-1   (2nd)

1970     Detroit Lions.................... 10-4-0   (2nd)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Alex Karras's Career Capsule

Full Name: Alexander George Karras

Birthdate: July 15, 1935

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Died: October 10, 2012

High School: Emerson (Gary, IN)

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 161 games

Drafted: 1st round (10th player overall) in 1958 by Detroit



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