Multiple news stations are reporting Alex Karras will pass in the next day or so from kidney failure. Most will remember him from Blazing Saddles, if not the Detroit Lions. But, for Iowa fans, he will be remembered as one of our favorite Hawkeyes. When he played on defense next to Cal Jones (the first black man to be first team concensus all-american three years in a row), the Hawkeyes were known as the bullies of the Big Ten. Cal Jones never received the same accolades as Karras, as he died in a plane crash when he was 23, but he was actually the better player by most accounts. There was never a dull moment for Hawkeye fans when Karras came to Iowa. He once threw a shoe at coach Forest Evashevski because the coach wanted him play more time on offense. Karras only liked defense..."you can't hurt nobody playing offense". He hated Evy. He once quit the team, then only came back when the coach promised to only talk to him about football, nothing else. Everything from how he got recruited to his gambling stint with Paul Hornung made news. Like Billy Cannon for the Tigers, Karras will always have his place in Hawkeye lore. May he rest in peace.