Inducted: May 18, 2003 in Merrillville, IN
Date of Birth: September 19, 1927 in Gary, IN
High School Attended: Gary Emerson Graduated: 1946
High School Honors: All-State in football for 3 years; All-Conference; team captain.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1950
College Honors: 4-year letterman; Most Valuable Player 1949; played in East-West Game and the Hula Bowl; played on Chicago All-Star Team against world champion Philadelphia Eagles; selected by Notre Dame (#1 in the nation) to Top Opponent Team 1948; led his team in an agonizingly close 28-27 defeat by Notre Dame.
Professional Athletic Background: Played for Washington Redskins 1950-1953; was a starter his rookie year; sustained an eye injury in 1952 season which ultimately ended his career.
Special Recognition: Mother was only woman to be inducted into NFL Football Hall of Fame because she had 3 sons playing professional football; Alex Karras played for Detroit Lions, Ted Karras played for Chicago Bears, and Lou played for Washington Redskins; served as President of Purdue Alumni Association of Lake County, IN; was Democratic City Chairman of Gary; served as President of City of Gary Common Council; President of Karras Tire in Crown Point, IN, retiring in 1990; served as President of the Indiana Tire Dealers Assoc. and of National Tire Dealers; served as President of All-American Sertoma Club of Clearwater, FL; inducted into Ahepa Hall of Fame in 1995.
Family: Wife, Dorothy; three daughters who graduated from Purdue University.