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.