Ted Karras
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Karras with the Patriots in 2019
No. 64 – Cincinnati Bengals
Personal information
Born: (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Cathedral
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College:Illinois (2011–2015)
NFL draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 221
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:126
Games started:82
Player stats at PFR

Theodore John Karras III (born March 15, 1993) is an American football center for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Illinois,[1] and was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the New England Patriots, with whom he won two Super Bowl championships. He spent the 2020 season with the Miami Dolphins before returning to New England the next season.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+34 in
(1.92 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
5.34 s 1.88 s 3.07 s 4.70 s 8.15 s 26.5 in
(0.67 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
32 reps
All values from Pro Day[2]

New England Patriots (first stint)

Karras playing in 2016.

Karras was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) in the 2016 NFL draft.[3] He made the Patriots 53-man roster and was the starting right guard in the season opener against the Cardinals due to the injuries of Shaq Mason and Jonathan Cooper. He split time with Mason in Week 2 but was reverted to a reserve role for the rest of the season after Mason resumed his starting role in Week 3. Karras contributed to the Patriots finishing with a 14–2 record and earning the top-seed for the AFC playoffs.

On February 5, 2017, Karras was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[4][5]

On September 2, 2017, Karras was released by the Patriots and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[6][7] He was promoted to the active roster on September 7, 2017.[8] He made his first start of the season in Week 11 at center, filling in for starter David Andrews, who was out with an illness. Karras and the Patriots reached Super Bowl LII, but were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 41–33.

Karras entered 2018 as a backup guard and center. He started two games at right guard in place of an injured Shaq Mason. The Patriots reached Super Bowl LIII where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13–3.[9]

Karras began the 2019 season as the Patriots' starting center after David Andrews was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Miami Dolphins

On March 20, 2020, Karras signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.[10] He started all 16 games at center for the Dolphins in 2020.

New England Patriots (second stint)

On March 19, 2021, Karras signed a one-year contract with the Patriots.[11] After being named a backup guard to begin the season, he was named the starting left guard in Week 7 following a poor performance from Michael Onwenu and started the remainder of the season.

Cincinnati Bengals

On March 18, 2022, Karras signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.[12] Karras started was the starting center for the team during the 2022 season, and was named a captain. He would reprise both roles for the 2023 season. On June 13, 2024, Karras signed a one-year contract extension through the 2025 season.[13]

Personal life

Karras is a third-generation NFL player. His grandfather, Ted Karras Sr., and grand uncles, Lou Karras and Alex Karras, played in the NFL during the 1950s and 1960s, and his father Ted Karras Jr. played during the 1987 season. He is also the seventh family member over three generations to play football in the Big Ten.[14] Ted attended the same school, Saint Matthew Catholic School in Indianapolis, Indiana, (K-8) as Nick Martin of the Houston Texans, Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys, and Cap Boso of the Chicago Bears.[15] His grandfather, his father, and Karras himself have all won NFL championships with the Bears, Redskins, and Patriots, respectively.[9] Karras is a self-proclaimed fan of and trivia expert on The Office TV series.


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  3. ^ Hart, Andy (June 1, 2016). "For Karras, line play is all in the family". Patriots.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Thomas, Oliver (January 5, 2017). "After 16 games: Revisiting Patriots' 2016 rookie class". PatsPulpit.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". Patriots.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Patriots sign nine to the practice squad". Patriots.com. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on December 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Patriots sign OL Ted Karras to the 53-man roster from the practice squad; Place WR Malcolm Mitchell on injured reserve; Sign DB Jomal Wiltz to the practice squad". Patriots.com. September 7, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kokkinidis, Tasos (February 5, 2019). "Greek-American Karras Wins Super Bowl, Continuing Family Legacy". Greek Reporter. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Poupart, Alain (March 20, 2020). "2020 Free Agency Class Coming Into Focus". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "Patriots Sign 10 Free Agents". Patriots.com. March 19, 2021.
  12. ^ Hobson, Geoff (March 20, 2022). "Karras, Bengals Like The Fit In Joe Burrow's Pocket: 'You Could Always Rely On Him'". Bengals.com. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  13. ^ "Bengals Roster Moves: Ted Karras Extended, Kris Jenkins Jr. Signed". Bengals.com. June 13, 2024. Retrieved June 13, 2024.
  14. ^ Daniels, Mark (September 20, 2019). "Patriots' Karras carries on family legacy". Providence Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2023.
  15. ^ Reiss, Mike (May 16, 2016). "Patriots' Ted Karras will take 'Blazing Saddles' or 'Porky's' over 'Webster'". ESPN.com.