Congratulations to Detroit Lions legend Alex Karras! The longtime Lions defensive tackle has been selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame committee revealed the good news on Wednesday. Karras will be part of the expanded Centennial Class for 2020, honoring the first 100 years of NFL football.
Karras played for the Lions from 1958-1970. He was a 3-time first-team All-Pro and one of the most intimidating defenders of his era. Karras is a member of the All-Decade team of the 1960s. A gambling scandal that cost him a year’s suspension in 1963 has weighed down his Hall of Fame candidacy in prior nominations.
Karras went onto Hollywood following his playing career, famously playing Mongo in the comedy Blazing Saddles and the father on the popular TV show Webster.