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Purdue's Kawann Short Accepts Invitation to 2013 Senior Bowl

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Purdue's Short Accepts Invitation to Senior Bowl

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Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Senior Bowl to be played Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. Short's invitation marks the seventh straight year at least one former Boilermaker will take part in the annual game. The 2013 Senior Bowl is set to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

Draft Insiders' rates Short a top three defensive tackle prospect and currently a first round grade. He has been highly productive and durable throughout his long Big Ten career. He hopes to continue a long tradition of Purdue defensive linemen who have gone on to the NFL.

Short, who has started all 47 games of his Boilermaker career, enters the final two games of the 2012 regular season with 175 career total tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions. He is currently third amongst active Football Bowl Subdivision players in career tackles for loss and tied for 15th in career sacks. At Purdue he is eighth all-time in school history in TFLs and ninth in sacks. Through 10 games this season, Short leads the Big Ten in TFLs (13.0) and is tied for fourth in sacks (5.0).
Short has additionally blocked eight kicks at Purdue, with his six field goal blocks marking the most by an individual in school history.

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.

LB Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Semifinalists

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Irish’s Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Lists

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Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 Semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Notre Dame's LB Manti Te'o is coming off a terrific performance in the Irish huge win over Oklahoma. They effort between two top ten clubs earned Te’O the Defensive Player of the Week by Draft Insiders’. He heads the list for both the Maxwell and Bednarik semi-finalist lists and entered the Heisman Trophy race with another outstanding all around defensive performance.

Kansas State QB Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon head a strong field of offensive semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Lee's Trojan teammate Matt Barkley is the only player who repeats as a semifinalist from 2011.

On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Jarvis Jones head the nominees for the Bednarik Award and are both also semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of eight Bednarik nominees from the Southeastern Conference. Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o are repeat semifinalists from 2011.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Montee Ball - Sr/ RB / University of Wisconsin
Matt Barkley - Sr / QB / University of Southern California
Kenjon Barner - Sr / RB / University of Oregon
Giovani Bernard - Soph / RB / University of North Carolina
Johnathan Franklin - Sr / RB / UCLA
Mike Gillislee - Sr / RB / University of Florida
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Collin Klein - Sr / QB / Kansas State University
Marqise Lee - Soph / WR / University of Southern California
EJ Manuel - Sr / QB / Florida State University
Johnny Manziel - Fr / QB / Texas A&M University
AJ McCarron - Jr / QB / University of Alabama
Braxton Miller - Soph / QB / Ohio State University
Geno Smith - Sr / QB / West Virginia University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
De'Anthony Thomas - So / RB / University of Oregon

2012 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Johnthan Banks - Sr / CB / Mississippi State University
Arthur Brown - Sr / LB / Kansas State University
Jadeveon Clowney - Soph / DE / University of South Carolina
Matt Elam - Jr / S / University of Florida
Khaseem Greene - Sr / LB / Rutgers University
Johnathan Hankins - Jr / DT / Ohio State University
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Star Lotulelei - Sr / DT / University of Utah
Dee Milliner - Jr / CB / University of Alabama
Sam Montgomery - Jr / LB / Louisiana State University
Damontre Moore - Jr / DL - Texas A&M University
C.J. Mosley - Jr / LB / University of Alabama
Jordan Poyer - Sr / CB / Oregon State University
Will Sutton - Jr / DE / Arizona State University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
Bjoern Werner - Jr / DE / Florida State University

Notre Dame at Oklahoma Heads Pivotal Saturday Schedule

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#5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma & #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in Prime Time Night Matchups

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College football schedule this week will be highlighted by two Saturday night telecasts matching ranked teams with all four in the top 11 of the BCS standings:

ABC will broadcast undefeated #5 Notre Dame at one-loss #8 Oklahoma as part of the Saturday Night Football series at 8 p.m. ET. Notre Dame has defeated Oklahoma eight of the nine all-time meetings against the Sooners, including the last meeting in 1999.

Also #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in a showdown of unbeaten SEC teams at 8:30 p.m. Mississippi State, at 7-0, has had its best start to a season since 1999 and won its first seven games for only the second time in 113 years of playing football. Alabama has won eight of the last 10 games against the Bulldogs.

There are 11 remaining undefeated teams with No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Louisville, No. 24 Ohio and Ohio State all facing pivotal matchups.

Unbeaten Ohio State goes to Penn State and faces a squad that has won five straight since opening the season 0-2 on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Kent State has a fine 6-1 record and goes to New Jersey to face undefeated No. 15 Rutgers on Saturday, at 3:30 p.m.

Key Matchups - Sat, Oct 27
Noon
Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina
Iowa at Northwestern
Kentucky at Missouri
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Temple at Pittsburgh
NC State at North Carolina

3:30 p.m.
Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin
No. 9 USC at Arizona
Duke at No. 12 Florida State
Kent State at No. 15 Rutgers
No. 24 Ohio at Miami (Ohio)

5:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State
7 p.m. No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn
Syracuse at South Florida

8 p.m.
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 22 Michigan at Nebraska

8:30 p.m.
No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

College Bowl Postseason Schedule 2012-2013

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2012-13 College Bowl Schedule

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Date / Bowl / Location / Time / Network / Combined Payouts
Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Albuquerque, N.M. 1 p.m. ESPN $912,500
Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
MAC vs. WAC Boise, Idaho 4:30 p.m. ESPN $650,000

Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Mountain West vs. TBA (BYU) San Diego, Calif. 8 p.m. ESPN $1 million

Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg
Big East vs. Conference USA St. Petersburg, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.075 million

Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt New Orleans, La. 12 p.m. ESPN $1 million
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Las Vegas, Nev. 3:30 p.m. ESPN $2.2 million
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m. ESPN $1.3 million
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Big Ten vs. MAC Detroit, Mich. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million

Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
ACC vs. TBA (Army) Washington, D.C. 3 p.m. ESPN $2 million
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Charlotte, N.C. 6:30 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million
Dec. 27 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Diego, Calif. 9:45 p.m. ESPN $4.15 million

Dec. 28 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Shreveport, La. 2 p.m. ESPN $2.3 million
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. ESPN $4.55 million
Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Houston, Texas 9 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million

Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Dallas, Texas 11:45 a.m. ESPN $1.2 million
Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Pac-12 vs. TBA (Navy) San Francisco, Calif. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $1.675 million
Dec. 29 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Big East vs. Big 12 Bronx, N.Y. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $3.6 million
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Antonio, Texas 6:45 p.m. ESPN $6.35 million
Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Tempe, Ariz. 10:15 p.m. ESPN $6.65 million

Dec. 31 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
SEC vs. ACC Nashville, Tenn. 12 p.m. ESPN $3.725 million
Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl
ACC vs. Pac-12 El Paso, Texas 2 p.m. CBS $4 million
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SEC/Big East/Conference USA Memphis, Tenn. 3:30 p.m. ABC $2.875 million
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Atlanta, Ga. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $6.9 million

Jan. 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Jacksonville, Fla. 12 p.m. ESPN2 $5.45 million
Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl
Big Ten vs. Conference USA Dallas, Texas 12 p.m. ESPNU $2.2 million
Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m. ESPN $8.5 million
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Tampa, Fla. 1 p.m. ABC $7 million

Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio
BCS vs. BCS Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m. ESPN $36 million
Jan. 1 Discover Orange Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl
BCS vs. BCS New Orleans, La. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA
Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Glendale, Ariz. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 4 AT&T Cotton Bowl
SEC vs. Big 12 Arlington, Texas 8 p.m. FOX $7.25 million
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl
Big East vs. SEC Birmingham, Ala. 1 p.m. ESPN $1.925 million
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl
MAC vs. Sun Belt Mobile, Ala. 9 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million
Jan. 7 Discover BCS National

Championship Game
BCS #1 vs. BCS #2 Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN $44-48 million

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Cal Poly's Deonte Williams Added to Walter Payton List

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Cal Poly Back Deonte Williams Added to Walter Payton List

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Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams is among three players from NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools added to the 2012 Walter Payton Award watch list by The Sports Network on Tuesday.

Williams is the first Mustang on the Walter Payton Award watch list since wide receiver Ramses Barden in 2008. He has rushed for 926 yards in seven games and has surpassed the 100-yard mark in a game six times this season. The other two newcomers to the watch list are wide receivers Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois and Cordell Roberson of Stephen F. Austin.

The list of original nominees on the Watch List consists of quarterbacks Casey Brockman of Murray State, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion, DeNarius McGhee of Montana State, Wynrick Smothers of Central Arkansas and Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah; running backs Zach Bauman of Northern Arizona, Shakir Bell of Indiana State, Jamaine Cook of Youngstown State, Matt Denham of Eastern Kentucky, Timothy Flanders of Sam Houston State, Miguel Maysonet of Stony Brook, Andrew Pierce of Delaware, Terrance West of Towson and Zack Zenner of South Dakota State; fullback Eric Breitenstein of Wofford; and wide receiver Aaron Mellette of Elon.

Williams is the top rusher in the Big Sky and No. 7 in the FCS in rushing, averaging 132.3 yards per game. Williams has seven 100-yard games as a Mustang, including a 100-yard performance against UC Davis a year ago, and produced four 100-yard games as a freshman at Northern Arizona in 2008.

Last Saturday, Williams carried the ball a career-high 27 times, gaining 169 yards in a 37-25 victory over Portland State and keeping Cal Poly’s record perfect at 7-0. The Mustangs are tied for first place with Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference standings, both 5-0 and a half-game ahead of Northern Arizona (4-0).

Williams opened the 2012 season with four consecutive 100-yard games, but the streak ended with 31 yards on six carries at Weber State as he suffered an ankle injury during the game. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in career rushing as a Mustang three weeks ago and now has 1,311 yards in two years at Cal Poly.

Including his 2008 freshman season at Northern Arizona, where he was named Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, Williams now has 2,261 yards in three collegiate campaigns.

Williams is averaging 6.9 yards per carry this season and has caught seven passes for 47 yards and a score. Last fall, Williams rushed for 385 yards and five touchdowns in his first season at Cal Poly, averaging 4.7 yards on 82 carries and scoring five touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 28 yards.

Ballots for the Payton award will be sent out to a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season on Nov. 19. The Sports Network awards banquet will be held Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

The Payton Award goes to the FCS national player of the year, with the Buck Buchanan Award honoring the FCS national defensive player of the year. The Sports Network also presents the Jerry Rice Award to the freshman of the year and the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the FCS national coach of the year.

The Sports Network established the Payton and Robinson awards in 1987, and began sponsoring the Buchanan Award in 1995 and the Jerry Rice Award in 2011.

Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was the 2011 Payton Award winner, while New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans took home the Buchanan Award. Rob Ambrose of Towson was the Eddie Robinson Award winner while Towson running back Terrance West was presented the inaugural Jerry Rice Award.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert Heads John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List

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Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert Heads 2012 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List

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2012 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List

The Nassau County Sports Commission, sponsored by Briarcliffe College, has released the 2012 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2012 John Mackey winner will be presented live on December 6, 2012 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show airing at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2012 Mackey semi-finalists on November 12, 2012 and the announcement of the 2012 Mackey finalists on November 19, 2012. All announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.org.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists eleven NFL players as alumni: 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark ('01) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('02), Kellen Winslow II ('03) of the Seattle Seahawks, two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the Chicago Bears, Fred Davis ('07) of the Washington Redskins, Chase Coffman ('08) of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Aaron Hernandez ('09) of the New England Patriots, D.J. Williams ('10) of the Green Bay Packers and the 2011 John Mackey Award recipient Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts.

2012 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List
Name / School / Year

Alex Bayer - Bowling Green - Jr
Kyle Carter - Penn State - Fr
Chris Coyle - Arizona State - Jr
Jack Doyle - W. Kentucky - Sr
Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame - Sr
Eric Ebron - North Carolina - Soph
Zach Ertz - Stanford - Sr
Gavin Escobar - San Diego State - Jr
Joseph Fauria - UCLA - Sr
Brandon Ford - Clemson - Sr
Crockett Gillmore - Colorado State - Jr
Chris Gragg - Arkansas - Sr
Marcus Green - Mississippi State - Sr
Chase Harper - Texas State - Sr
Gator Hoskins - Marshall - Jr
Nick Kasa - Colorado - Sr
Ryan Otten - San Jose State - Sr
Jacob Pedersen - Wisconsin - Jr
Kyler Reed - Nebraska - Sr
Zach Sudfeld - Nevada - Sr
Jordan Reed - Florida - Jr
Mychal Rivera - Tennessee - Sr
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Washington - Soph
Dion Sims - Michigan State - Jr
Levine Toilolo - Stanford - Jr
Luke Willson - Rice - Sr

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Great Alex Karras Dies at 77

NFL's Detroit Lion's Great Alex Karras Dies at 77

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Former NFL defensive tackle Alex Karras passed away this Wednesday at the age of 77 from kidney failure after being diagnosed with dementia in recent years.

Karras was one of the NFL's best feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, coupling with Roger Brown to form a dominant inside tandem. Karras was a huge success after his 12 year NFL career as an actor, best known for his role in “Blazing Saddles” as Mongo and later as the lovable dad in the sitcom “Webster”.

Karras was a defender who hounded QBs, combining both quickness and power that earned him four Pro Bowl invitations over his 12 year career. He spent his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring in 1970 at age 35.

He transcended football in a different way that rarely happens for players of any era. In addition to his movie and TV sitcom experience he made a successful transition to his acting career with a stint as a commentator on "Monday Night Football," working opposite the always verbose Howard Cosell and former Giant great Frank Gifford.

He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney. "Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex," Lions president Tom Lewand said.

His death also will be tied to the NFL's conflict with former players over concussions. This past April, Karras joined the more than 3,500 NFL veterans suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries. He became one of the best-known names in the legal fight that has caused the NFL to take new steps on addressing head injuries. Recently, his wife said Karras' quality of life had deteriorated because of head injuries sustained during his NFL playing career.

Mitnick said the family had not yet decided whether to donate Karras' brain for study, as other families have done. His wife Clark said her husband couldn't drive after loving to get behind the wheel and couldn't remember recipes for some of the favorite Italian and Greek dishes he used to cook.

"This physical beating that he took as a football player has impacted his life, and therefore it has impacted his family life," Clark told The Associated Press earlier this year. "He is interested in making the game of football safer and hoping that other families of retired players will have a healthier and happier retirement."

Clark has said he was formally diagnosed with dementia several years ago and has had symptoms for more than a dozen years. He joined hundreds of other former players suing the league.

Born in Gary, Ind., Karras starred for four years at Iowa. Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958, and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise. He was the heart of the Lions' defensive line, terrorizing QBs for years. He will always be remembered for his performance when the Lions handed the powerful 1962 Green Bay Packers their only defeat that season in a 26-14 upset on Thanksgiving during which they harassed QB Bart Starr constantly.

He missed the 1963 season when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in a gambling probe. Karras was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the All-Decade Team of the 1960s.

Karras later wrote an autobiography, "Even Big Guys Cry," and two other books, "Alex Karras" and "Tuesday Night Football." Lewand said Karras also loved to garden and cook.
Packers guard Jerry Kramer wrote in his diary of the 1967 season about his trepidation over having to play opposite Karras. Their one on one battles were legendary during the 1960s.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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