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    N.F.L. Com and E.S.P.N reports that George Blanda has passed away at the age of 83.
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    RIP to one the greatest ever.

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    George Blanda dies at age 83Email Print Comments2 ESPN.com news services

    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.

    A Raiders' spokesman confirmed the death Monday.

    Blanda spent 26 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback and kicker while playing for three different teams. He spent 10 seasons with Chicago, seven with the Houston Oilers and nine with the Raiders before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48.

    Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 1981.

    Blanda is remembered most for his heroics in the 1970 season when at age 43, he threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal in the Raiders' comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    In that same season, Blanda also kicked a 52-yard field goal to defeat the Cleveland Browns, threw a winning touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos and booted a last-minute field goal to defeat the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders ended up losing to the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 AFC title game, but Blanda became the oldest player ever in a title game.

    Blanda played 340 games over his 26 seasons (1949-75) in pro football. Despite having an offseason job for 22 years of his pro career as the sales manager of a trucking company, he found time for aerobics, handball, racquetball and jogging on a daily basis. He also did countless push-ups and sit-ups.

    A private funeral service will be held for the family and a memorial service is being arranged, according to the Raiders.

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    I have a great deal of respect for the old players, certainly those of the early/pre-helmets era.

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    I never saw him play, but I was watching a special on the AFL and Blanda and his open passing style was a precursor to the NFL we know today.
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