A Lion's Despair: Alex Karras and NFL Gambling

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Alex Karras was part of the professional football gambling scandal that came to light in January 1963. In April he was suspended indefinitely by National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Other players from four different NFL teams were scrutinized by former FBI agents who worked for the NFL. However, Alex Karras and Green Bay Packer Paul Hornung were the only players who were banished indefinitely. Betting on NFL games, which both Karras and Hornung admitted to, is a serious offense for any professional football player. There are signs in locker rooms that admonish players not to gamble on games. Pete Rozelle visited training camps in the summer before the season began. My e-book reveals the extent of gambling which the Detroit Lions' standout defensive tackle participated in. I have researched the subject extensively, utilizing newspaper articles, interviews and editorials from 1963. I have also included the reporting of Sports Illustrated writers like Tex Maule, who covered the sports event directly. The e-book is well-illustrated as well as carefully documented. It is up to readers to conclude the extent of Karras and Hornung's involvement in betting on NFL games. It is also an individual decision for readers to decide whether either player, or others who were caught up in the scandal, were tied to organized crime.

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