September 28, 2010 by Post Team
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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