He is a household name in the U.S.
Karris was officially diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, and is taking the role of lead plaintiff in a suit against the National Football League.
Karras and Susan Clark, his wife, are two of 119 people who filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the latest complaint brought against the NFL by ex-players who say the league didn’t do enough to protect them from head injuries.As far as I can tell, more than 1,000 former NFL players are now suing the league.
A growing number of well known sports figures, actors, and musicians have disclosed that they are suffering from dementia, or have died from dementia in the last few years.
The list includes Glen Campbell, Pat Summitt, Peter Falk, Darrell Royal, and now Karras.
This news and the growing number of public figures that are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the various types of dementia, is sure to bring the issue of Alzheimer's disease into the forefront of public awareness.
Previously on the Alzheimer's Reading Room
60 Minutes A Blow To The Brain -- This is Your Brain on Football
Alzheimer's Stigma, Pat Summitt, Glenn Campbell
Summitt Says No to Alzheimer's, Decides to Carry On (Video)
We Back Pat -- The Pat Summitt Alzheimer's T-Shirt
Glen Campbell: Forget Me Not
Causes of Dementia: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and Chronic Traumatic Encephalomyelopathy (CTEM)
NFL Football Players May Be More Susceptible to Alzheimer's and Dementia
One Out of Every Sixteen Retired NFL Players Could Suffer from Alzheimer's or Dementia During Their Lifetime
Does Playing Football Cause Dementia - Women Bring the NFL's Secret into the Light of Day
The NFLs Dirty Little Secret--Early Onset Alzheimer's at a Young Age
A Chance to Focus on Dementia Caused by Sports Trauma
Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research Introduced on Texas Senate Floor
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room