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Blanda, George Frederick

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Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Football Player

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1927 - Born on September 17th in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. American professional gridiron football player who first as a quarterback and later as a kicker.

1949 - Blanda played football at the University of Kentucky before he joined the National Football League (NFL) Chicago Bears.

1953 - He became starting quarterback and led the league in pass completions.

1954 - After an injury, he was mainly a placekicker.

1959-1960 - He was inactive and joined the Houston Oilers of the American Football League (AFL).

1961 - He led them to league championships as a quarterback and led the league in touchdown passes (36), a record.

1967 - He was traded to the AFL Oakland Raiders.

1976 - He retired when he was nearly 50 years old.

         - Blanda was never one of the league's greatest players, but he became legendary as an aging placekicker and backup quarterback who won numerous games in the final seconds.

1981 - He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1999 - He was ranked number 98 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

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