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George Blanda was an American football quarterback known as ‘The Grand Old Man’ for his unbelievably long career

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BirthdaySeptember 17, 1927
Died onSeptember 27, 2010
NationalityAmerican
FamousFootball Players, Sportspersons, Football Players, American Football Players
Nick namesThe Grand Old Man
SpousesBetty Harris
Birth PlaceYoungwood, Pennsylvania
GenderMale
FatherMichael
MotherMary
Sun SignVirgo
Born inYoungwood, Pennsylvania
Famous asAmerican Football Player
Died at Age83

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Who is George Blanda?

The only player to have played 26 seasons of professional football in the history of American football, George Blanda was rightfully called ‘The Grand Old Man’. Professional football is no doubt one of the most competitive sports in America, and it takes a very special sportsman to continue playing even ten seasons, leave alone 26! He began his football career as a quarterback and kicker at the University of Kentucky where he had the good fortune of having the legendary Bear Bryant as his coach. After college he signed a contract with the Chicago Bears where he was used mostly as a kicker. Tired of being a kicker he changed his team after the contract ended. Once he joined the Houstan Oilers, he got the chance to play as both a quarterback and a kicker—an opportunity that helped bring out the best in him and he went on to be adjudged the AFL Player of the Year. He was a highly talented player, blessed with an uncanny sense of football techniques and a high energy level. Over the course of his long career he set numerous records, many of which might never be broken.

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Childhood & Early Life

George Blanda was born as one of the several children of Michael and Mary Blanda. His father worked as a coal miner and often found himself out of work when coal mines were closed. Growing up in a large family as a coal miner’s son, George was no stranger to poverty.

Tall and athletic, young George sought solace in football and excelled as a quarterback, kicker and blocker even as a teen. He went to Youngwood High School where he played not only football but also basketball and participated in track and field.

He enrolled at the University of Kentucky where he was coached by the legendary Bear Bryant. He played as a quarterback and kicker and thrived under the coaching of Bryant.

He ended his collegiate career at Kentucky with 120 completions in 242 passes with 12 touchdowns.

Career

After college he signed a contract with the Chicago Bears for $600 in 1949. There he primarily played as a quarterback and place kicker; he also sometimes played as a linebacker.

Playing for the Bears, he was mostly used in a kicking capacity. He was an athletically built young man and could blast long field goals.

In 1960 he signed with the Houston Oilers where he got the chance to play both as a quarterback and kicker. Playing as a quarterback was his passion and this move helped him tap into his hitherto hidden talents.

In 1961 he won AFL Player of the Year honors. He had scored 36 touchdown passes which were the most ever thrown by a quarterback at that time. The next year also was a great one for him as he threw 42 interceptions.

Over the next few seasons from 1963 to 1965, he led the AFL in passing attempts and completions. In 1964 he scored 68 passes against the Buffalo Bills in just one day! He also proved to be among the best in attempts, completions, and touchdowns.

The Houston Oilers released him in 1967. By now he had played for 18 years—a very long time for a football professional. It was expected that this would signal his retirement. Little did the football fans know that he was yet to give his best ever performance!

The Oakland Raiders recognized that this player still had the potential and signed him in 1967. Blanda was already 40 by this time!

He led the AFL with 116 points in two instances during 1967. He helped his team secure 19-7 victory against his former team, Houston Oilers. The Raiders qualified to compete in the Super Bowl II but lost the final matches.

He gave his best ever performance in the 1971 season when he was 43 years old. He kicked a 48-yard field goal against Kansas City Chief. He bettered his performance with a 53-yard field goal against the Cleveland Browns.

He played his last game in 1976 when he was 48 and finished off his glorious career with a 41 yard field goal. Over his career spanning 26 seasons, he had scored 236 touchdowns, 277 interceptions, and earned a total of 2002 points.

Awards & Achievements

He was named American Football League Most Valuable Player in 1961 for scoring 187 of 362 passes for 3,330 yards and 36 touchdowns, for 216 points.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981 and was also elected to the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.

George Blanda was an awesome player who created many records, but the performance that makes him immortal is his 1970-71 season with the Oakland Raiders during which he played amazingly well and even kicked a 53-yard field goal—this at the age of 43!

Personal Life & Legacy

He fell in love with Betty Harris and married her in 1949. The couple would be happily married for 60 years till his death. This relationship produced two children.

He died in 2010 after a short illness. He was 83 years old.

Trivia

At 48 years and 109 days, this famous footballer became the oldest person to play in an NFL game.

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George Blanda biography timelines

  • // 17th Sep 1927
    George Blanda was born as one of the several children of Michael and Mary Blanda. His father worked as a coal miner and often found himself out of work when coal mines were closed. Growing up in a large family as a coal miner’s son, George was no stranger to poverty.
  • // 1949
    After college he signed a contract with the Chicago Bears for $600 in 1949. There he primarily played as a quarterback and place kicker; he also sometimes played as a linebacker.
  • // 1949
    He fell in love with Betty Harris and married her in 1949. The couple would be happily married for 60 years till his death. This relationship produced two children.
  • // 1960
    In 1960 he signed with the Houston Oilers where he got the chance to play both as a quarterback and kicker. Playing as a quarterback was his passion and this move helped him tap into his hitherto hidden talents.
  • // 1961
    In 1961 he won AFL Player of the Year honors. He had scored 36 touchdown passes which were the most ever thrown by a quarterback at that time. The next year also was a great one for him as he threw 42 interceptions.
  • // 1961
    He was named American Football League Most Valuable Player in 1961 for scoring 187 of 362 passes for 3,330 yards and 36 touchdowns, for 216 points.
  • // 1963 To 1965
    Over the next few seasons from 1963 to 1965, he led the AFL in passing attempts and completions. In 1964 he scored 68 passes against the Buffalo Bills in just one day! He also proved to be among the best in attempts, completions, and touchdowns.
  • // 1967
    The Houston Oilers released him in 1967. By now he had played for 18 years—a very long time for a football professional. It was expected that this would signal his retirement. Little did the football fans know that he was yet to give his best ever performance!
  • // 1967
    The Oakland Raiders recognized that this player still had the potential and signed him in 1967. Blanda was already 40 by this time!
  • // 1967
    He led the AFL with 116 points in two instances during 1967. He helped his team secure 19-7 victory against his former team, Houston Oilers. The Raiders qualified to compete in the Super Bowl II but lost the final matches.
  • // 1970 To 1971
    George Blanda was an awesome player who created many records, but the performance that makes him immortal is his 1970-71 season with the Oakland Raiders during which he played amazingly well and even kicked a 53-yard field goal—this at the age of 43!
  • // 1971
    He gave his best ever performance in the 1971 season when he was 43 years old. He kicked a 48-yard field goal against Kansas City Chief. He bettered his performance with a 53-yard field goal against the Cleveland Browns.
  • // 1976
    He played his last game in 1976 when he was 48 and finished off his glorious career with a 41 yard field goal. Over his career spanning 26 seasons, he had scored 236 touchdowns, 277 interceptions, and earned a total of 2002 points.
  • // 1981
    He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981 and was also elected to the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.
  • // 27th Sep 2010
    He died in 2010 after a short illness. He was 83 years old.

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George Blanda's FAQ

  • What is George Blanda birthday?

    George Blanda was born at 1927-09-17

  • When was George Blanda died?

    George Blanda was died at 2010-09-27

  • Where was George Blanda died?

    George Blanda was died in Alameda, California

  • Which age was George Blanda died?

    George Blanda was died at age 83

  • Where is George Blanda's birth place?

    George Blanda was born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania

  • What is George Blanda nationalities?

    George Blanda's nationalities is American

  • What is George Blanda nick names?

    George Blanda's nickNames is The Grand Old Man

  • Who is George Blanda spouses?

    George Blanda's spouses is Betty Harris

  • Who is George Blanda's father?

    George Blanda's father is Michael

  • Who is George Blanda's mother?

    George Blanda's mother is Mary

  • What is George Blanda's sun sign?

    George Blanda is Virgo

  • How famous is George Blanda?

    George Blanda is famouse as American Football Player