Reports: Former Lion Alex Karras suffering from kidney failure

Reports: Former Lions great Alex Karras suffering from kidney failure

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By Dan Miller
FOX 2 Sports Director

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- According to multiple reports, former Lions great Alex Karras is suffering from kidney failure and only has days to live.  Karras has dealt with numerous health setbacks of late, including a battle with dementia according to the Free Press.

Karras was one of the NFL's most dominant players from 1958-1970.  That period includes 1963 when he was suspended for a year after a gambling investigation.  He was named to the All-Decade team for the sixties and was a three time All-Pro.

Lions President Tom Lewand released the following statement this evening:

"The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex.

"We know Alex first and foremost as one of the cornerstones to our Fearsome Foursome defensive line of the 1960s and also as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL. Many others across the country came to know Alex as an accomplished actor and as an announcer during the early years of Monday Night Football.

"We join his legions of fans from both sports and entertainment in prayer and support for Alex, his wife Susan, and his entire family during this most difficult time."

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