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Old 09-27-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
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George Blanda dies

I went to one football game with my Dad. It was the Jets against the Houston Oilers back around 1964. George Blanda was the QB for the Oilers, this brings back a lot of memories. I remember it was freezing and my Dad took off his coat an wrapped it around me and he was sitting there in a sweater.

Anybody remember George?

Football legend George Blanda passes away at 83 - Shutdown Corner - NFL* - Yahoo! Sports

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Old 09-27-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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Oh yeah! What a player. I remember the year he had to play QB for Oakland because Daryl Lamonica kept getting hurt. He must have been 60 by then, or it seemed like it. But he kept coming out, throwing passes, and winning games either passing or kicking. It was a blast to watch, even though I was a Colts fan. Of course, it was easy to complete passes if you were throwing to Fred Bilitnikoff. I probably wouldn't remember this all so fondly if the Colts hadn't managed to pull out the playoff game against them. Great entertainment. RIP, George.

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I first became a Blanda fan when I was a really little kid, rooting for my Wildcats. He played QB and kicked, under Bear Bryant. Fantastic player.

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I always enjoyed watching him guide the Raiders to a come back win. I can almost hear ole Curt Gowdy calling one of his games.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:31 AM   #5
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As a wee lad in the Bay Area in the early 1970s I can just remember some of his heroics.
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He played in a different era and still has some major records...

Take a look at the video on the play that starts at :27.... at the end the defense spears the guy... because you COULD... no flag... also, that is when after you passed the ball, the defense took a shot and put you on your back... roughing the passer was not a common call...

I remember him more as a kicker... but do remember him when he QBed for Oakland.... before my time in Houston...

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