Legendary quarterback George Blanda
died today at 83, reports SFGate.com
. Blanda played 26 years in the NFL, including 9 with the Raiders, and is remembered as the Ageless Wonder because he didn't retire until just before his 49th birthday, after the 1975 football season. George Blanda (NBCsports.com)
He spent 10 years with the Chicago Bears, then joined the Houston Oilers of the American Football League and then, at 39, Al David signed him to the Raiders in '67. He was named AFC player of the year in 1970, after a remarkable 5-game stretch during the season.
Upon retiring in 1975, he had scored 2,002 point, a record that wasn't broken until the 2000 season. He played in 340 games and played 5 seasons longer than any other player in the NFL. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1981 and joined the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
In later years, he gave motivational speeches and played in celeb golf games around the country.
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