KARRAS, TED

TED KARRAS

Inducted:  May 31, 1998 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  January 31, 1934 in Gary, IN

High School Attended:  Gary Emerson         Graduated:  1952

High School Honors:  1st Team All-State; Parade Magazine’s All-American.

College Attended:  Indiana University         Graduated:  1956

College Honors:  Played an average of 57 minutes; Honorable Mention All-Big 10.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played football with the US Marines in San Diego Marine Base; voted Most Valuable Player in Marines; beginning in 1958 played 2 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers; played 5 years with the Chicago Bears and was starting guard for the 1963 World Champion Bears; traded to Detroit Lions in 1965; played for LA Rams in 1966.

Coaching Experience:  Taught at and coached in the Hammond Public Schools for 20 years; retired, then returned to help his son, Ted, Jr., coach football at Andrean HS in 1995; Andrean won 3A football Sectional, Regional, Semi-State and became runner-up to State Champions in 1997 with Ted, Sr. and second son, Jeffery, as assistant coaches.

Special Recognition:  Inducted into the Order of AHEPA Hellenic Football Hall of Fame in 1984; Gary, IN, Sports Hall of Fame 1985; received Pittsburgh Bicentennial Sports Award 1985; Breitbard Athletic Foundation Special Award in 1957.

Family:  Wife, Ann; sons, Ted, Jr., Jeffery, and Tony.