Let's just say Alex Karras never got fitted for a cheesehead. The Detroit Lions great, who died last week at 77, sat out the 1963 season...
Let’s just say Alex Karras never got fitted for a cheesehead.
The Detroit Lions great, who died last week at 77, sat out the 1963 season with a gambling suspension — and Packers fans never let him forget it.
“The thing I’ll miss most is the chance to see all my good friends up in Green Bay every year,” Karras told the Milwaukee Journal upon his retirement in 1971. “You know — the ones who wait for me to walk on the field and then yell, ‘Who you betting on today, Fatso?’
“Those good people.”
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