Blanda, George Frederick
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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