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Former actor and Detroit Lions lineman Alex Karras, seen in 1971, died Wednesday at age 77. In April, he joined other former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries. (Associated Press)

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Former actor and Detroit Lions lineman Alex Karras, seen in 1971, died Wednesday at age 77. In April, he joined other former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries. (Associated Press)

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Alex Karras appears as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles," Mel Brooks' spoof on Westerns.

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All-Pro defensive lineman Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions is pictured in 1971. (AP Photo)

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All-Pro defensive lineman Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions is pictured in 1971. (AP Photo)