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Alex Karras' humor was his strength

He was great on the field for Detroit and even more winning as an entertainer

Originally Published: October 10, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Alex Karras played football when I was growing up in Pittsburgh. Unless it was Thanksgiving, not many Lions games were on television. Each week, I'd watch the highlights from shows produced by NFL Films, which introduced me to how good Karras was as a defensive lineman.

Television also opened the window for the country to get to know Karras as a person.

He was funny. Because of his humor, he paved the way for football players to become entertainers. That's why ...

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