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Legends and the fall

Updated: October 11, 2012, 11:58 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

The year I was born, Alex Karras went to the Rose Bowl. He won the Outland Trophy, too. That was 1957. He died this week. So goodbye to Alex Karras and goodbye to football and goodbye again to long gone youth.

Mr. Karras was an NFL star in the years I played football with a couple other kids in a neighbor's field. He was a monster, a thick-necked killer of quarterbacks, Grendel grasping with wrapped hands after Bart Starr, after Gale Sayers, the helmet too small on his head. We ...

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