Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/10/12
For Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, the stories and memories of his late teammate Alex Karras will never go away.Theyve always made Sanders smile. Theyll always make him laugh.Alex was really a gentleman inside, but he had that aura about him that said he had to be tough, Sanders said. Its sad that we talk about it at this particular time, but its good to remember.Karras, 77, died Wednesday at his home in California after suffering from kidney failure and dementia. He was part of the large group of former NFL players suing the league for its negligence over head injuries.A dominating defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions from 1958-62 and 1964-70, Karras went on to have an equally successful acting career on both television and in the movies.He was the one who played the role of Mongo, knocking out a horse with one punch, in the popular 1970s movie Blazing Saddles.That was Alex, Sanders said. He was probably one of the few guys that never had to go to acting school becau...
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