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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Did you know that in the 26 professional football seasons that Blanda participated in he completed 1,911 of 4,007 pass attempts for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns?


Did you know that George Frederick Blanda ("The Grand Old Man") was a a former American football quarterback and placekicker?

Did you know that Blanda died (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010)?

Did you know that Blanda has the distinction of having played 26 seasons of professional football, the most in the sport's history, and had scored more points than anyone in history at the time of his retirement?

Did you know that  Blanda is one of only three players to play in four different decades, and he holds the record for most extra points kicked?

Did you know that in the 26 professional football seasons that Blanda participated in he completed 1,911 of 4,007 pass attempts for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns?
Did you know that  Blanda also held the NFL record for most interceptions thrown with 277, until Brett Favre broke it on October 14, 2007?

Did you know that Blanda rushed for 344 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, kicked 335 of 641 field goals, and 943 of 959 extra points, giving him 2,002 total points?

Did you inow that Blanda also accomplished these feats?
  • Passing TDs in a game: 7 (Tied with 4 others) November 19, 1961 vs. New York Titans[5]
  • Most seasons played: 26 (1949–58, 1960–75)
  • Most seasons scoring a point: 26
  • One of three players to play in 4 different decades: (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s)
  • Most PATs made (943) and attempted (959)
  • Most interceptions thrown, single season: 42 (1962)
  • Held record of most pass attempts in a single game: 68 (37 completions, vs. New York Titans on 11/1/1961) until 1994 when Drew Bledsoe had 70
  • Oldest person to play in an NFL game: 48 years, 109 days
  • First player ever to score over 2,000 points
  • Oldest quarterback to start a title game
  • Most total points accounted for (including TD passes) in a career: 3,418 (not an official stat)
 Jim Marshall
Did you know that Blanda  is the placekicker on the All-Time All-AFL Team, and was one of only 20 players to play all ten years of the AFL, as well as one of only three who were in every AFL game their teams played. Blanda was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility, and also was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame?
 Morten Andersen 
Did you know that Blanda held the record for most professional football games played with 340 until September 26, 2004, when it was broken by another placekicker, Morten Andersen as well as the record for most consecutive games played[6] until September 26, 1976 by defensive end Jim Marshall?

Did you know that Blanda was the first ever recorded fantasy football draft pick when the game was first created in 1962 by the The Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League?[8]



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