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Old 09-27-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Raiders Mourn Passing of George Blanda
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Highland, CA (formerly Newark, NJ)
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Boy that sucks

Even though he wasn't an Eagle I always idolized him

I forgot what year it was but when everyone thought he was all washed up and useless he lead the Raiders to about 4 or 5 come from behind wins in a row.

He had a huge heart and stones the size of boulder. Any team with 53 guys with heart and desire like him would be a lock to win the SB.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Boy that sucks

Even though he wasn't an Eagle I always idolized him

I forgot what year it was but when everyone thought he was all washed up and useless he lead the Raiders to about 4 or 5 come from behind wins in a row.

He had a huge heart and stones the size of boulder. Any team with 53 guys with heart and desire like him would be a lock to win the SB.
It was 1970; I remember it very well...many of those games were televised as the late game on NBC, with Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis doing the broadcasting; he helped beat Cleveland, Denver, tied Kansas City on a last-second 48 yd FG ( HUGE brawl in that game, mostly involving Ben Davidson and Otis Taylor); incredible excitement..
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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He was still taking snaps at 50. Madden once said "if I didn't put him in at QB he'd refuse to kick
gives Farve something to shoot for
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Here's more on the death of George Blanda.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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George Blanda-------definitely a symbol for everyone who remembered the American Football League.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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I sure hated hearing about Blanda passing. He sure was enjoyable to watch....those were some fun years for the Raiders in the late -60s, early -70s.

Anyone who can play to that level after age 40 (heck, after 35) is some kind of freak of nature...
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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George Blanda-------definitely a symbol for everyone who remembered the American Football League.
Well, I saw him personally carve the Bronco secondary into swiss cheese back in the day, that's for sure.

He went back to 1949. Talk about an illustrious career, he certainly saw a lot in regards to the heightened popularity of the NFL. Regarding the AFL, he gave it instant credibility. Playing for the Houston Oilers, Blanda led them to their first two championships in 1960 and 1961, but as a kid I'll never forget the 1962 AFL championship game against the Dallas Texas. It was the first championship game to go to overtime in the history of pro football. Blanda played in that game as well.

Blanda had some good receivers to work with. One of them was Charlie Hennigan, who was the second receiver in pro football history to catch 100 passes in a season.

I still have my book on him that I got from the Sports Illustrated book club. It's called "Blanda-Alive and Kicking", released in 1974. Definitely worth picking up!

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