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Family Legacy Motivates Ted Karras

Ted Karras (Jack Lyman)

Football is in the blood of many athletes. In some cases, there is a family history of success in college ball. Redshirt freshman offensive guard Ted Karras is a great example. He's the seventh member of his family to play college football. There is a hunger to achieve and reputation to maintain that is apparently inherited.

Ted Karras is another in a long line of Karras family members to obtain Big 10 scholarships. Perhaps most famous is his uncle Alex, who starred with the Detroit Lions in the NFL and later became a successful actor. The Karras family is strong and aggressive, much like the Butkus family of Illinois fame. Making the case even more poignant is the fact Luke Butkus is now Karras's position coach...

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