George Blanda played until age 48
In all, Blanda played 26 seasons.
Used primarily as a kicker in Oakland, Blanda came off the bench to help out at quarterback when needed.
Blanda started his career with the Chicago Bears but had to wait his turn behind Hall of Fame QBs Sid Luckman and later Bobby Layne.
Blanda led the Houston Oilers to championships in 1960 and 1961.
Blanda was named the AFL's Player of the Year in 1961 when he threw for a then-record 36 TDs.
George Blanda with his presenter Al Davis at his Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement on Aug. 1, 1981
Blanda's bronze bust.
Blanda's Hall of Fame mural
George Blanda with his former coach John Madden at the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony.
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George Blanda at the 19th Annual Legends Invitational at Pebble Beach in November 2009.
George Blanda last returned to Canton for the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival