Quarterback set scoring, longevity records

File/Associated Press
This Jan. 11, 1971, file photo shows George Blanda, a quarterback and kicking specialist of the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.
  • Follow NFL

ALAMEDA, Calif. --- George Blanda, the Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker who played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 83.

The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.  File/Associated Press
File/Associated Press
The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.

"George was a brave Raider and a close personal friend of Raiders owner Al Davis," Oakland said in a statement. Blanda retired a month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season. He spent 10 seasons with the Bears, part of one with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and his final nine with the Raiders.

He held the pro scoring record when he retired, with 2,002 points. He kicked 335 field goals and 943 extra points, running for nine touchdowns and throwing for 236 more. He threw for 26,920 yards in his career and held the pro football record with 277 interceptions until Brett Favre passed him in 2007.

It was a five-game stretch for Oakland in 1970 that is the lasting imprint of his career. At 43, Blanda led the Raiders to four wins and one tie with late touchdown passes or field goals. Later that season, he became the oldest quarterback to play in a championship game.

Comments (1) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
NAAustin
0
Points
NAAustin 09/28/10 - 05:01 am
0
0
God Bless George Blanda!

God Bless George Blanda!

Back to Top

Top headlines

Clemson halts mandatory student sex survey

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson says it has suspended a mandatory survey of students the school says was part of a review to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
Search Augusta jobs