George Blanda died today at the age of eighty-three. George Blanda was a professional player for twenty-six years. He played quarterback, placekicker and linebacker. George Blanda played professional football for twenty-six years. He began his career in 1949 and ended his career in 1975. George Blanda is one of only two players to play professional football in four decades. He played for four NFL teams and two AFL teams. George Blanda played football for the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Colts, The Chicago Bears, The Oakland Raiders and the Houston Oilers. He played for the Oakland Raiders in both the AFL and the NFL. He played for a mere $600 in 1949. George Blanda is most known as an Oakland Raider. He is in the Oakland Raider Hall of Fame.
George Blanda is a football legend. He was picked in the 12th round, when there was still that many rounds in the draft. George Blanda won three championships in 1960, 1961 and 1967. George Blanda was voted into the NFL Football Hall Of Fame in 1981. He is best known for his 1970 season with the Oakland Raiders. At the age of 43, Blanda won four games and tied one game (in a row) with last second touchdowns or field goals.
George Blanda’s records are listed below:
- “Passing TD’s in a game: 7 (Tied with 4 others) November 19, 1961 vs. New York Titans
- Most seasons played: 26 (1949-58, 1960-75)
- Most seasons scoring a point: 26
- One of two players to play in 4 different decades: (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) – Eli Kelley being the other
- Most PATs made (943) and attempted (959)
- Most interceptions thrown, single season: 42 (1962)
- Held record of most pass attempts in a single game: 68 (37 completions, vs. New York Titans on 11/1/1961) until 1994 when Drew Bledsoe had 70
- Oldest person to play in an NFL game: &000000000000004800000048 years, &0000000000000109000000109 days
- First player ever to score over 2,000 points
- Oldest quarterback to start a title game
- Most total points accounted for (including TD passes) in a career: 3,418 (not an official stat)” (wikipedia.com)
George Blanda died today at the age of eighty-eight. He lived a long and full life. He played football the way it was meant to be played. He was the first player taken in the first fantasy draft when fantasy football was invented in 1962. I couldn’t find out if George Blanda was a Christian, but he was known as a God fearing man. Condolences go out to his family and friend. Today a great legend of football has passed away. We all pay our respects to George Blanda and his incredible career as a football player.