RIP George Blanda

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by bierce, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. bierce

    bierce 1,000+ Posts

    It's not UT related, but still. . . I remember being a kid watching him go out there in his 40s and win games.
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  2. buckhorn

    buckhorn 1,000+ Posts

    I always had a sideways sort of love for the Raiders, their colors, their odd assortment of personalities.

    Blanda was a favorite. Seeing him out their with hair the color of his helmet, throwing TDs and kicking. It was great. I remember looking at his football cards and marveling that he had started in the 1940s.

    They don't make 'em like that very often.

    All respect and good night Mr. Blanda.
     
  3. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    GB was a man.
     
  4. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 10,000+ Posts

    I enjoyed getting to actually see him play! RIP
     
  5. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    George Blanda was a legend of the NFL and fun to watch. RIP [​IMG]
     
  6. TexasStew

    TexasStew 25+ Posts

    1st QB of the Houston Oilers and led them to the 1st 2 league titles in AFL history. RIP. [​IMG]
     
  7. allweatherHorn

    allweatherHorn 1,000+ Posts

    I was a rabid Raiders fan as a kid. George Blanda was a legend amongst Raiders fans. RIP.
     
  8. TEXnSEATTLE

    TEXnSEATTLE 1,000+ Posts

    I was a JUNIOR OILER when I used to sit in the end zone of Jeppesen Stadium watching George Blanda.

    My first HERO.

    Rest In Peace, buddy... [​IMG]
     
  9. 1sahorn

    1sahorn 100+ Posts

    one of my favorites. RIP
     
  10. Old Horns Fan

    Old Horns Fan < 25 Posts

    It was called the Junior Quarterbacks Club in 1960, '61, '62. Cost $4 and included admission to all home games and an autograph session with the team after practice (they handed out packages of 8x10s of selected stars, not including Blanda, I think). I got Blanda's autograph twice because I couldn't read it the first time. Second time was the same. He wasn't real outgoing with the kids, but it was right after practice, so they were all ready to hit the "clubhouse." (I doubt if their facilities were any better than a high school locker room. The practice field wasn't nice either). He was a heck of a player.
     
  11. MAROON

    MAROON 250+ Posts

  12. baoklhorn

    baoklhorn 1,000+ Posts

    Was it 26 straight years in the league.

    That will probably never be matched.

    Loved watching him.

    RIP
     
  13. UT86&89

    UT86&89 100+ Posts

    I remember watching the raiders play the cowboys and madden threw him in at qb as the Raiders were going to score. This was either the last game of the season or one of the last. Either way the cowboys were totally out of the playoffs after an 8 year run. So in comes Blanda. He throws a TD. I was a cowboy fan back then and I was not happy about it all. The announcers loved it. I was angry. Here was this old guy (he was probably younger than i am now, actually) throwing some meaningless td against my cowboys. Hell, I didn't even know then that he had been a qb. I knew him only as a kicker. Now that I'm older, I can finally appreciate that TD, madden's call and stabler's magnanimity. It was blanda's last TD. This was 1974. RIP.
     
  14. 36Crossbuck

    36Crossbuck 100+ Posts

    My father tried out for the first Oilers team back in the summer of 1960. Dad didn't make the cut but he stayed in Houston and my brothers and I grew up rooting for the Oilers.

    Dad said Blanda was gruff to the point of being mean but that some of the guys didn't take him seriously because he had kind of a wussy voice. Houston fans used to boo him because he threw twice as many interceptions as TDs.

    Bud Adams offered Blanda an assistant coaching position with the team but never formalized it and George was trucked off to Oakland where he played against them in the '67 AFL title game. Without a passing game of any kind to worry about, the Raiders played up tight on Houston all afternoon and routed them.

    I am 49 -- the age George Blanda was when he left the game. It boggles my mind he played so long in an age when the QB did not have the kind of protection current pro signal callers have.
     
  15. pneuma

    pneuma 25+ Posts

    RIP

    Waxing sentimental remembering radio call of Blanda handing off to Charlie Tolar in those early AFL days. Seems so damn quaint.
     
  16. IB ROC N

    IB ROC N 100+ Posts

    I remember Blanda throwing passes to Charlie Hennigan. Good memories.
     

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