Alex Karras, who would have turned 80 years old on July 15, 2015, was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen. And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom Webster or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in Blazing Saddles. The rugged player who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, with a stint along the way as a commentator on Monday Night Football, passed away on Oct. 10, 2012.
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