Football Friday: A Gallery of Alex Karras Detroit Lions Football Cards

Former NFL great and all-around media star Alex Karras died earlier this week from complications due to kidney failure. He had been in extremely poor health the last few years of his life. While most of my generation knows him best as Mongo in Blazing Saddles or George Papadapolis from Webster, Karras was first and foremost an outstanding defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions.

Karras racked up four Pro Bowl selections in his Detroit career (1958 – 1970) — which was interrupted by a season-long suspension for gambling in 1963 — and was later named to the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team at defensive tackle.

As a small tribute to Karras, here is a gallery of football cards representing nearly each of his 12 NFL seasons.

Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1959 Topps)
1959 Topps
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1961 Topps)
1961 Topps
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1962 Topps)
1962 Topps

Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1964 Kahn's Weiners)
1964 Kahn’s Weiners
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1966 Philadelphia)
1966 Philadelphia
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1968 Topps)
1968 Topps
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1969 Topps)
1969 Topps
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1970 Topps)
1970 Topps
Alex Karras Detroit Lions football card (1971 Topps)
1971 Topps

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