During his 12-year career with the Detroit Lions, defensive tackle Alex Karras made All-Pro four times and earned a reputation for terrorizing quarterbacks. But he may have achieved even greater notoriety as a comic actor on television and in motion pictures.
We've heard the story too many times: A professional athlete has his moments of glory, and then, after leaving the game, goes astray and pays a heavy price for it.
Let me ask you a serious question. How many of you have ever spent any quality time in the ladies' restroom at an NFL stadium, excluding "most" males? It's really much more pleasant than you might think. However, my experience outside this secure place was much different. In fact, Roger Goodell should insist that the NFL offer life skill classes to teach folks to interact properly with other fans. The League is multicultural and contemporary, but I spent the entire day Sunday with many fans who missed that memo. I haven't decided if the majority of NFL fans didn't have a collegiate football experience or they just haven't had enough social interaction with people with different opinions - because normal behavior was nowhere to be found in the stadium that day.
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