ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame
quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.
A Raiders' spokesman confirmed the death Monday. The team is
expected to release a statement later Monday.
Blanda was a quarterback and kicker at the University of Kentucky. Bear Bryant, who later won fame and set countless records at Texas A&M and Alabama, arrived in his sophomore year, following a 1-9 season. The Wildcats lost three games in each of the next three years.
Recalling the time he met Bryant, Blanda said: "I thought this must be what God looks like." Blanda recalled years later when he was asked to return to the University of Kentucky. Blanda was the starting quarterback his last two seasons at Kentucky (1947 - 1948), compiling 120 completions in 242 passes (49.6 percentage), 1,451 yards, 12 touchdowns.
After playing at Kentucky, 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.