Family ties meant nothing to Belichick when picking Ted Karras

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As noted in the Sunday morning one-liners, the Patriots made Ted Karras one of their 2016 draft picks. Ted Karras is the great-nephew of former NFL great-turned-actor Alex Karras.

Did the family connection factor in to the decision? Said coach Bill Belichick when asked that question by reporters at a post-draft press conference: “No.” (Hey, at least Belichick uttered an actual word.)

As it turns out, the NFL connection to the Karras family extends well beyond Uncle Alex, who died in 2012.

“My whole family is football players and football coaches,” Ted Karras told reporters after becoming the 221st pick in the draft. “Every male in my family has played college football. I’ll be in the fifth in the NFL in my family and I’m very grateful to join that fraternity. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL.”

While the connection may not have attracted the Patriots to Karras, it helped Karras get ready for his chosen profession.

“A lot of them have been giving me advice my whole life,” Karras said. “We’re a tough family. We’ve all played and everyone’s an interior lineman. That’s kind of been our M.O. throughout me growing up. I knew I was going to be a lineman early and they’ve been giving me tips throughout each stage of my career and I’ve been able to deliver so far.”

In addition to Alex Karras, who played for the Lions from 1958 through 1970, Ted’s other great uncle, Lou Karras, played from 1950 through 1952. Ted’s father, also Ted, played one game as a replacement player during the 1987 strike and his grandfather, also Ted, played from 1958 through 1966.

23 responses to “Family ties meant nothing to Belichick when picking Ted Karras

  1. Love BB….
    Great draft!!!
    Awesome offseason!!!
    No coach id rather have overseeing my favorite TEAM!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  2. Keep sweating bullets and losing sleep over the Patriots, cupcake.
    Too funny…

  3. Wow, that’s some very negative thought processes going on there. Maybe you should try aromatherapy, and get out with people more. Have a happy day !!

  4. BradyIsTheGCOAT says:
    May 1, 2016 1:22 PM
    Rules mean nothing to this low life too.
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    So does Mom have to come down to the basement and make sure the Evil Hoodie isn’t under the bed for these guys every night?

  5. Please. Belichick passed on Fred Taylor’s kid and ‘little Gronk’.

  6. How sad does your life have to be to spend all of your time making unfounded disparaging comments about Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, The Patriots, and/or Robert Kraft?

    With some of these bozos, it’s like it is their job.

  7. I think the Pats had a wonderful draft, the best part was what Kevin Faulk was wearing…

    Which is telling…

  8. Pats draft was awesome!!
    Nice job filling areas of need & depth….
    Let’s not forget our other 4th rounder was TE M. Bryant…. To go with Gronk & we also turned 2-6th & a 7th into a 2017 4th to make up for the one stolen by Goodell & the League as well as allowing us to move up a bunch of spots in the 7th to snag WR Devon Lucian….bet he’s a future stud for us!!!!

  9. When you’re as good as the Patriots are, having a 1st round pick stolen from you by jealous owners & a crooked Goodell can easily be over come….
    Shoot when you’re as good as the Pats you can even can a 1st round pick after a couple years as they just did with D Easley…. & still be ok

    Come to think of it, the Pats just picked up 4 former 1st round picks of other teams DURRING FA for bargin prices & will probably turn them into studs & in turn further help the team by either extending their current contracts or turning them into high compensatory picks for future draft ammunition….so yeah I loved the Pats 4 1st round pick ups this year as well!!!!

  10. BradyIsTheGCOAT says:
    May 1, 2016 1:22 PM
    Rules mean nothing to this low life too.

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    Actually what we have seen is that “rules” and “integrity” mean nothing to Goodell and his cronies. He/They are proving Mark Cuban correct with each passing day.

  11. theeaglefactory says:
    May 1, 2016 2:19 PM
    When is Alex Karras going to be in the hall of fame?

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    Never. He bet on football & was suspended a year for it. I’m surprised they let him & Hornung back in.

  12. Here’s the Patriots secret strategy that may involve Karras.

    Rotate defensive linemen to keep them fresher and sustain play at a high level through the 4th Quarter. 2015 season saw a lot of this with big guys rotating in and out from one series to the next.

    Rotate offensive linemen for the same reason noted above. 2015 season full of injuries did not allow the OL to execute the plan fully, although we did see some of it, like Cannon rotating in for Vollmer before he went down for the season, and Josh Kline / Tre Jackson / Shaq Mason trading off.

    Now we have a whole bunch of competent linemen on both sides of the ball, so expect a lot of rotating and resting in 2016. Also expect Patriots to have a fitness/fatigue edge in the 4th Quarter especially against teams with little depth.

  13. Family ties meant nothing in the hiring and eventual promotion of Steve Belichick. It could have happened anywhere, any team. Okay, maybe not the Ravens, Colts, Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Broncos, Giants, Seahawks, Cowboys…

  14. truthinesshurts says:
    May 3, 2016 10:27 PM

    Family ties meant nothing in the hiring and eventual promotion of Steve Belichick. It could have happened anywhere, any team. Okay, maybe not the Ravens, Colts, Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Broncos, Giants, Seahawks, Cowboys…
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    Didn’t Rex Ryan hire his fatter brother?

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