There is breaking news reported by the Oakland Raiders that George Blanda, a Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker, has died at the age of 83.
Blanda was a person of rare talent, spending 26 years in the NFL as a quarterback and kicker for 3 different teams. He spent 10 years with the Chicago Bears, before playing 7 years with the Houston Oilers, and finally finishing his career with another 9 years with the Oakland Raiders.
You don’t see that everyday. Matter of fact, NFL Network ranked Blanda as the 9th most versatile player in NFL history.
“When the Raiders Owner presented him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, Davis called Blanda the greatest clutch player the game of pro football has ever known… The Miracle of George Blanda in 1970 will live for eternity in the history of the Raiders as well as all of professional football. That year, Blanda’s last-minute heroics as a quarterback and place kicker resulted in four victories and a last second tie for the Silver and Black.”
This is a man who deserves recognition for his greatness. Rest in peace, as my prayers go out to you.
Read more about George Blanda and this story at SF Gate.