George Blanda's Career Capsule
Full Name: George Frederick Blanda
Birthdate: September 17, 1927
Birthplace: Youngwood, Pennsylvania
High School: Youngwood (PA)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 24, 1981
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 1, 1981
Presenter: Al Davis, Managing Partner, Oakland Raiders
Other Members of Class of 1981: Morris "Red" Badgro, Willie Davis, Jim Ringo
Pro Career: 26 Seasons, 340 games
Drafted: 12th round (119th player overall) in 1949 by Chicago Bears. Also selected in 2nd round (9th player overall) in 1949 AAFC Draft by Chicago Hornets.
Transactions: Sept. 5, 1950 – Blanda along with four other players (B Bob Perina, B Ernie Zalejski, G Jim Crawford and E Bob Jensen) traded by Chicago Bears to Baltimore Colts. (Sept. 7, 1950 – Bears receive G Dick Barwegan and rights to retired T Dub Garrett.) | Sept. 20, 1950 – Chicago Bears purchased Blanda from Baltimore Colts. | Feb. 19, 1960 – Blanda signed by Houston Oilers. | Mar. 18, 1967 – Blanda released by Houston Oilers. | Jul. 28, 1967 – Blanda signed by Oakland Raiders. | Aug. 25, 1976 – Blanda waived by Oakland Raiders.
Uniform Number: 16 (also wore #22 and #64)