KARRAS, LOU

LOU KARRAS 

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.