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.
PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3102 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1524 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.