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Historic Quarterback Dies  
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8162 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

It's been close to 35 years since George Blanda played professional football.

He played longer than anyone else - 26 years.

THere will be a lot of stories in the media about him - the Dallas Morning News is a pretty good one.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...t/APStories/stories/D9IGHPRO3.html

WHile I was sorry to read of his death I (like a lot of people) have to smile when I remember watching him.

Two images I have of him:

In the later years George would go out on the field for a PAT or field goal and, as part of getting set, would pull his pants up over an expanding belly. They guy was in his 40s and did like to eat.

More impressive was in his role as backup quarterback. George was "different" and called his own plays. That makes it difficulty for a defense to actually prepare for him. How do you review tendencies of a 20+ year career? And he's fire up the offense - especially those players who were responsible for protecting him. For a lot of the players he was easily old enough to be their fathers. Almost their grandfathers. And they protected him.

And he won games.

And everyone get interested when he went in as the quarterback.

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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

The man was incredible! If he was on the field as a field goal kicker or quaterback,Blanda would get the job done.A rare iron man in the sport and one of the few Raiders I liked besides Lamonica , Stabler and John Madden.

R.I.P George!



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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9700 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
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I have to say, I laughed out loud:

He also threw for 26,920 yards in his career and held the pro football record with 277 interceptions until Brett Favre passed him in 2007.

He retired 6 years before I was born, but looks like he was quite the character!



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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1197 times:
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You were one of the best George, both on the field and off. See you on the other side.   

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