George Blanda

September 28, 2010 by Post Team 

George Blanda,who died Monday at age 83, was part of football for so long that he passed all that apparently was no one in the game. Here are some quotes that tell part of his incredible journey:

He played quarterback for Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky, and later said of him:
“I thought this must be what God sees.”

He had a rocky tenure with the Chicago Bears at the start of his career. George Halas said:
“It was too cheap to even buy me a kicking shoe.”

Oilers joined the American Football League in Houston for his first season in 1960 and later told team owner:

“I signed with Houston because I knew Bud Adams had a lot of money.”

Adams said in a statement Monday:

“He was the perfect fit for the start of the AFL, joining our league, the NFL and show the ability to drive a high-flying offense.”

Roger Goodell said in a statement:
George Blanda always be remembered as a legend of our game, including his amazing career longevity of 26 seasons in four different decades. Style multi-talented George for the dramatic highlights the excitement of professional football for a period of growth for our sport. ”

Among the many records is seven Blanda has touchown passes in a game, tied with four others. He said: “The record that I was happy to get rid of what was the most interceptions, when Brett Favre got one.”

Blanda also came across popular culture:

In an episode of “Happy Days”, the character of Ralph Malph watches and losing Soft Bears and Soft says race is done. Richie Cunningham says Blanda has a few more years left.

Blanda, at the time of the shooting, keep playing, and finished his career at the age of 48 years 109 days.

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