George Blanda 1927 - 2010 RIP

George Blanda 1927 - 2010 RIP

George was one of my heroes. I remember him playing at 46 and we called him the old man. He will be missed and was much loved.
I had the pleasure of sitting with him for dinner one night and would frequently see him at haunts around Oakland.

***Hall of Fame***
Full Name: George Frederick Blanda

Position: K/LB/QB
Height: 6' 2'' Weight: 210

Born: 9/17/1927, in Youngwood, PA, USA
High School: Youngwood (PA)
College: University of Kentucky

Drafted: 1949, Round 12, Pick 8, (119 Overall) by Chicago Bears

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 12:20 AM

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I still remember him taking the raiders down (this must have been in like 73 or so) and starter was injured, so old George marched them down scored, stayed on and kicked the point after.. he then turned around and did it again the next time they got the ball.. Only man to play in 4 decades 40s, 50s,60s, 70s ... That fact alone is mind numbing... Oh yeah and he retired at 48, and as opposed to Brett .. Just did it.. and retired at the top of his game..

George Blanda rest in piece..

edit... would that have been Kenny Stabler...the starter..

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 12:20 AM

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George Blanda

My all time favorite football player.
I was in TX (some of the time in Houston), when he joined the Oilers. He was phenomenal.
He's also one of the great quarterbacks to come out of southwestern PA. Name others ... ?

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 12:30 AM

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He was middle line backer in black and blue central.. Sam.. something polish.. same time Dick Butkis was with the bears, Alex Karris was with the lion, and im trying to think of Vikings middle line backer..Anyway he looked the part to.. more like a hockey player..teeth missing.. come on guys ... i know it was 66..

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 1:15 AM

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Ray Nitschke

He was number 66 for Green Bay, and a great player. Jerry Kramer said in his book Instant Replay that Vince Lombardi set up a special drill for his players. He had a trench dug about 20 feet long and 3 feet wide, wide both end entrances sloping. A defensive player would go in one end, and an offensive player in the other. Kramer said the offensive guys hated it when they had to go against Nitschke. Nitschke couldn't be intimidated and refused to lose. Kramer said that the offensive linemen, some of whom outweighed Nitschke by anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds would be beaten senseless by Nitschke on his way out the other end. And these were his friends! In a game, Nitschke didn't quit a play until the opposing ball carrier was on the ground and the ref had blown the play dead. Kramer also said that when the team would have parties, with wives and kids, most of the guys would be gathered around the beer keg, but Nitschke would be in the back yard, playing with all the kids! Nobody ever kidded him about it, because they were afraid of how he might take it.
He and Dick Butkus were very much alike in their approach to the game.

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 1:29 AM

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some great football you guys are talking,RIP George Blanda,that was some great Raider football back then,Packers too,but I'm a Viking Fan first,tidbit,friend of my wife is currently dating Carl Eller,I haven't met him yet.

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 1:34 AM

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Carl Eller

What a great player he was. Make sure that you meet him, and see if you can get him to talk about the old days of the Purple People Eaters.

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 1:47 AM

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I was thinking about

them football players from the 60s and 70s,To many indoor fields nowadays.

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 6:49 AM

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Even as a younger guy here I think football should be played outside not in climate controlled stadiums, as a father of the worlds smallest DE/LG I always love watching NFL films classics and hearing "3 yards and a cloud of dust". Karris, Nitchke, Butkis the are few if any today that play that way! Without a good line a team is nothing.
Now as a Raiders fan RIP George Blada.

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