NFL Great Alex Karras Dies of Kidney Failure at the Age of 77 (VIDEO)

Alex KarrasIt's a very sad day for friends, family, and fans of former Detroit Lions star, Alex Karras, who has died of kidney failure at the age of 77. It was the end of a long battle for Karras, who has been battling cancer and dementia for quite some time.

He passed away quietly in his home in Los Angeles, where he was surrounded by his wife and other family members. And if for some reason you don't remember Karras' time on the football field as a defender for the Lions, then I'm sure his role on the hit series, Webster, will jog your memory.

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"Webster" was played by Emmanuel Lewis, and Karras played the part of his adoptive father, George Papadopoulos. And even though Webster was a fictitious TV series, Karras' real-life wife, Susan Clark, played his wife on the show as well.

I don't know about you, but I spent many an evening as a child watching episodes of Webster, and I always admired what a loving father Karras' character was to his adopted son. That show will go down in history as one of the most wholesome family programs that was ever on TV -- and it's too bad that our own kids don't have something like that to watch today.

But as well remembered as Karras will be for his acting days, his football career has also left a lasting impression as well. Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand put out the following statement to pay his respects:

The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex.

Karras will definitely be missed, but he will not be forgotten, and his legacy will obviously live on for years to come.

For a trip down memory lane to remember Alex Karras, check out this video clip from Webster.

What words of condolence would you offer to Alex's family?

 

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