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Ted Karras





2 Years Pro

2017 Season


Ted Karras was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. 


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Ted Karras was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.


2017 (16/2, 3/0)

  • Contributed on special teams in each of the first eight games.
  • Saw time as a reserve at center on the final offensive series while also contributing on special teams in the win at Denver (11/12).
  • Made his first career start at center due to an injury to David Andrews and played every offensive snap of the win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
  • Made his second straight start at center in place of the injured David Andrews in the win vs. Miami (11/26).
  • Appeared at center for the final two kneeldowns in the win at Buffalo (12/3).
  • Contributed on special teams at Miami (12/11) and in the win at Pittsburgh (12/17).
  • Appeared at center for the final offensive series of the game while also contributing on special teams in the win vs. Buffalo (12/24) and in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31)
  • Appeared at center for the final kneel downs while also contributing on special teams during the Divisional round victory vs. Tennessee (1/13).
  • Contributed on special teams in the AFC Championship victory vs. Jacksonville (1/21) and in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia (2/4).

2016 (16/1, 3/0)

  • Appeared in all 16 regular-season games with one start at right guard. Also played on special teams.
  • Started at right guard in the season-opening win at Arizona (9/11), alternating with Shaq Mason.
  • Played on special teams in all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl LI.


  • Made 43 career starts along the offensive line at Illinois.
  • Was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree: third team in 2015 and honorable mention in 2014.
  • Was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2012, 2014 & 2015).
  • Was a team captain as a senior in 2015 and was the team's Illini Warrior Effort Award winner.
  • Named All-Big Ten third team by the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches as a senior in 2015.
  • Illini Warrior Effort Award winner.
  • Named Honorable mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honoree as a junior in 2014. 
  • Played at right guard in every game as a sophomore in 2013 but the season-opener against Southern Illinois, which he missed due to injury, starting 10 games.
  • Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet.
  • Started at right guard in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
  • Redshirted the 2011 season.


  • Ted Karras became the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great-uncle, Alex Karras, who won the Outland Trophy as a defensive tackle at Iowa and was named to the Pro Bowl four times in the NFL with the Detroit Lions before going into acting, including a starring role in the 1980s sitcom "Webster".
    • Grandfather, Ted Karras, played defensive tackle at Indiana and five of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, helping Bears to 1963 World Championship.
    • Father, Ted Karras Jr. (now the coach at Walsh University), was a defensive tackle at Northwestern and played briefly with the Washington Redskins.
    • Great-uncle, Paul Karras, played at Iowa; great-uncle, Lou Karras, played at Purdue and three seasons with the Washington Redskins; uncle, Tony Karras, played at Northwestern.


  • Earned bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois in December 2014 and was enrolled in the recreation, sport and tourism master's program.


Career Stats


Recent Games

17NYJW 26-6
16BUFW 37-16
15@PITW 27-24
14@MIAL 20-27
13@BUFW 23-3
12MIAW 35-17
11@OAKW 33-8
10@DENW 41-16
8LACW 21-13
7ATLW 23-7
6@NYJW 24-17
5@TBW 19-14
4CARL 30-33
3HOUW 36-33
2@NOW 36-20
1KCL 27-42
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wkgame dateoppresultggs
108/10/2017JAXL 31-2411
208/19/2017@HOUL 23-2710
308/25/2017@DETW 30-2810
408/31/2017NYGL 40-3811

regular season

wkgame dateoppresultggs
109/07/2017KCL 42-2710
209/17/2017@NOW 36-2010
309/24/2017HOUW 33-3610
410/01/2017CARL 33-3010
510/05/2017@TBW 19-1410
610/15/2017@NYJW 24-1710
710/22/2017ATLW 7-2310
810/29/2017LACW 13-2110
1011/12/2017@DENW 41-1610
1111/19/2017@OAKW 33-811
1211/26/2017MIAW 17-3511
1312/03/2017@BUFW 23-310
1412/11/2017@MIAL 20-2710
1512/17/2017@PITW 27-2410
1612/24/2017BUFW 16-3710
1712/31/2017NYJW 6-2610
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