George Blanda gave us [my father and me] season Bear tickets when they played @ Wrigley and again @ Soldiers Field, some 10 years of season tickets, [we also sat right next to his wife Betty@ Wrigley Field]. George also took me and my father [Harold Baker] to Black Hawk games, and he also treated us to dinners before those games. Oh let's not forget the personal invitations to training camps he participated in (Air Force Academy were the Houston Oilers practiced) where I met Charlie Tollar and Billy Cannon. George gave me an autographed football from the 1958 Bears for a Christmas present [I still have the football]. One last note: I hate to go on and on, not really, but after getting out of the regular Army, my father picks me up from the Midway airport and takes me to a George Blanda 'motivational' speech gathering he was giving in Chicago. I walk in, Blanda sees me and my dad, stops everything and announces that I have served my country. Blanda begins to applaud and then everyone else stands up and does the same. Unbelievable!! Thanks so much George for giving a ‘kid' the memories of a lifetime.
God Bless "The Grand Old Man" George Frederick Blanda !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all the great memories !!!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful soul !!!!!!!!!! RIP !!!!!!! Coach"Reddy"Cox
Was looking at some old papers last night and it brought back the memory of when I first met George Blanda. Freshmen year in college and his brother was my room mate in the dorm. Was standing in the room when Joe and Grrges wife walked in the room with Joe's things. Joe introduced George by saying this is my brother the football player. Didn't mean anything to me until I saw him play against the Browns in 1970. To the Blanda family thanks for the great memory.
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
I remember watching as a child george bringing the raiders back time after time.he was a great man for a young person to look up to.I wish we had men like him today.
Paul and John. Just wanted you to know Brother Jim and I have nothing but great memories of our times in South Youngwood, PA.
He was one of the reasons there will be no greater football than the early AFL.
Paul, I was sad when I heard the passing of your brother George. I remember how close you were to him.
Robert H. Eggleston
To the family my heart goes out to you. I only met Mr. Blanda when he was with the Raiders, and lived in Alameda. I met Leslie in my art class and I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
I was a thrill Watching Blanda attack 'superior' defenses in his 'dotage'. I was high school senior when he beat the Oilers in a championship game. He tricked them into loosing...
This man could play pro-football at any age. We remember his breathtaking kicks, field goals, carries, and victories. We loved The Raiders!
Hi george i am your third cousin grandson of george durik and son of dave durik.
Hiiii, George, I have always heard of you ....... I regret not ......... have you ever known a hug from Your cousin's 3rd grade, I am the son of George Blanda from Prizzi ......
the highlite of my life was meeting george at la quinta cc in 1982.we don't have heros like him anymore
george blanda was a incomparble competior..I saW HIM WIN THE FIRST 2AFL championship's...the beloved number 16...I remember he getting blindsided(shaking off & sending jackie lee back off the field who was coming in and then hitting a 96 yard touchdown-the gritiest gutiest a leader from the old school....my happiest moments were cheering for you at old jeppesen football field....jim taylor houston texas
I was born and raised in Oakland . My father taught me early on just what it is to be a Raider fan,that is PRIDE. I will never forget the endless times Mr Blanda came in to save the day.
Rest in peace big G. You will never be forgotten.
Blanda has gone, and so has a part of me. I'm so sad. When I was 11 he took time after a terrible loss to the Patriots in 1963 to sign an autograph and be gracious to my father and I. I will never forget George Blanda.
I started watching the Raiders when I was 4 years old. I remember watching Mr. Blanda play, as I watched football with my Pops. The Ageless Wonder's spirit lives on in the memories of those who have had the privilege of seeing him play.
God speed and God bless.
I have been a Raider fan since I was 8 years old. Mr. Blanda was one of my favorite players. It was very unusual for a girl from West Virginia with no family members who are football fans to be a rabid Raider fan. My sincere condolences to the family and my sincere thanks for sharing him with us for all those years.
George Blanda's death left a heartache that only God can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. From the field of dreams to the gates of heaven...May he rest in peace, George was known as the Ageless Wonder because he didn't retire until he was just short of his 49th birthday.
Remembering George, Lord we pray that your spirit brings comfort to his family and love ones in their time of need may you fill their hearts with memories of his love for them to bring a peace that only You can provide we thank You for the gift of Life we will always treasure the 83-precious years You gave Your son...In Jesus name we pray, Amen
WHAT A SAD DAY.... BLANDA WAS A RAIDER WHEN IT MEANT SOMETHING TO BE A RAIDER. I WILL MISS HIM AND REMEMBER THE DAYS THAT HE GRACED THE FIELD OF BATTLE.
George Blanda was one of my first "favorite" football players. My brother was born in Oakland, and we were always Raider fans growing up. I am sorry to hear about George. Even though many of us never met him, his career brought a lot of joy to us. My best to his family.....
Dear George (a.k.a. Rick),
We are saddened to hear of the death of your father. He was in the restaurant not too long ago, and was kind enough to autograph a picture of himself for us. What a guy he was!
Jim and George Mannos
May the God of comfort and tender mercies continue to comfort your family and friends, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."" Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss.
Dear Betty and Family,
I was truly sorry to hear that George had died. I am sure this leaves a very big hole in your lives and in your Hearts. I will be praying that the sadness and lonliness you are feeling now will soon be replaced with memories of happy times you shared.
Donna Regan Moriarty
Dear Betty and Family,
We were very sorry to hear about George. Reading the newspaper tributes and hearing about him on Monday Night Football were clear evidences of loss to his family, friends and football.
May you find comfort in your memories.
Dan and Mary
atrue class act in football and an inspiration to all of us over 40. he played for several teams but will forever be remembered as Papa Raider.
Dear Blanda Family ~
I became hooked on football due to George Blanda ~ I couldn't believe the Monday Night Football announcers could talk about "old" players like George Blanda. I had to stay tuned to hear more about this "old" guy and became a Blanda fan...and Raider fan...for life. My kids laminated a Blanda football card that I wore on a long gold chain during the fall season. I got it out of my jewelry drawer and put it on again this week when my daughter called to share the news of his passing. I am a dedicated college and pro football fan thanks to George Blanda and all that he brought to the game especially as an Oakland Raider. THanks for all of the memories of great saved games, George Blanda...you could do it all and I loved watching you! Thank you Blanda Family for allowing folks across the country to share this time with you.
I have been a Raider fan since the age of 11. Forty-two years later I am still a huge Raider fan. My filing cabinet in my classroom is silver and black with Raider memorabilia adorning the top. I remember watching all of the great Raider games that George Blanda played in with my Dad. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My father took me to Canton, Ohio to the Football Hall of Fame. One of the highlights for me was seeing George Blanda's Raider jersey. In later years I always enjoyed when the cameras would pan to him in the Raider team box. George Blanda is and will always be one of the greats of the game. He will truly be missed!
I was a big fan of his, he is the reason I am one of the biggest Raiders fan here in KC. He will be missed.
Dear Mrs Blanda and family:
I know you don't know me but I watched your husband play many an entertaining season for the Oakland Raiders. I will truly miss him very much.
Carl White- an Oakland Raider Fan for Life
God Bless you Mr. Blanda for all the inspiration and for being the "ultimate role model" for youth. Truly one of the greatest. May God's word help heal the pain of your loss during this difficult time.
Our Prayers are with the family.
Mrs George Blanda
My sincere sympathy on your loss of Mr. Blanda. You probably wouldn't remeber me, but I was that skinny 15 year old boy who used to bag and carry out your groceries at the Royal Blue Grocery store in LaGrange Park in 1956 and 57. I remember Mr Blanda coming in the store on many occasions wearing his number 16 Bears jacket. I'd alway position myself in the isle he was shopping and say hello and wish him well for Sunday's game. I followed his career until he retired. I'm always proud to say that I knew Geoge and Betty Blanda. I went on to a successful corporate career, retired and live with my wife of 47 years in Lake County, Il.
Please know that we shall your loss.
George Blanda will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those of us who watched him pull out victories for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970's. He was beyond phenomenal. Marilyn Clark, Fort Mill, SC.
To Paula Blanda Heybach;
So sorry to hear about Uncle George's passing. What a great football player and probably one of the best Chicago Bears, ever.
Paula, please get in touch.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
MY RAYERS TO HIS FAMILY ON THE LOSS OF THIS GREAT MAN HE WILLBE MISSED
George Blanda was someone I looked up to during my teenage years when my own father became so ill and withdrawn. I will be forever grateful for the role model he provided. To his family, May our loving God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the Saints and Angels in Heaven watch over you and give you peace. Thank you so much for sharing your husband and your father with all of us who also loved him. Lori Stephens - Springfield, OR
The year was 1972. The Raiders came to Green Bay and won. At the time i was tending bar at the Austin Straubel Airport.
I was quite pleased the Packers had been beaten. In walks the entire team clad in light beige blazers.
Mr. Blanda comes up to the bar and gives me a drink order for the entire team.
He came back a second time...and, i said: "the same order Mr. Blanda?". After the order was filled and the team proceeded to their flight; Mr. Blanda came up and gave me a $5 tip.
What a class gentleman and what a class team!
My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Death leaves a heartache that only God can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. From the field of dreams to the gates of heaven...May you rest in peace, Mr. Blanda.
Lord we pray that your spirit brings comfort to his family and love ones in their time of need may you fill their hearts with memories to bring a peace that only You can provide we thank You for the gift of Life we will always treasure the 83-precious years You gave Your son...In Jesus name we pray, Amen
I pray Gods Peace for the family of, George Blanda. My nephew and I were rivals. Him for Oakland Raideres and myself, for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can say I held high regard for George, because of his age, tenacity, and greatness. God Bless You.
Inez McDonald Katzbeck
The last COMPLETE football player. Thanks for being a pure sportsman. RIP Mr. Blanda.
Heartfelt condolences to the George Blanda family at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that Mr. Blanda was adored and loved by many because of his rock-solid strength of character - not to mention his football prowess. May the God of tender mercies and comfort guide you and comfort you.
We were so sorry to hear of George's passing. As neighbors, we have such fond memories of you all.... swimming, playing music, and bicycling breaks with us. We cheered for George, of course...but could always count on his support of us too. Best wishes and our prayers to you all...Vicki Mcintyre Brezinski and Marie McIntyre
George Blanda was the epitome of football greatness and longevity. God rest George!
My parents, Ray & Natalie Glass, were neighbors of Mr. Blanda in Kentucky. My Dad used to say how wonderful a man Mr. Blanda was, & a great neighbor, as well. May his light shine on!
George Blanda played Handball at the LaGrange Illionis YMCA in the late 1970's through the 1980's and played a very good game! He entertained the heck out of all of us with his great stories and companionship. All the HB guys from the 'Y' will miss him dearly!!
I am so sorry to read about Mr Bland's passing. I have a picture of him with my neice who is now in her forties. My half sister's x husband, Tom Grimes worked for the Raiders while George was playing with them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
George will always be remembered as our home town hero by those of us who were raised in Youngwood PA and are still so very proud to say that we grew up in the same town as the great George Blanda
My sympathy goes out to the family. My thoughts and prayers also be with your family during this time of bereavement. I did not George Blanda personally but I know he was dear to many friends and fans. I know words bring little comfort but I hope these will help to soothe the pain. (2 cor. 1:3,4)
I will never forget George Blanda, I met him in 1989 at the Bob Hope Classic with Ernie Ivaldi and Ernie and I stayed together for 21 years together when Ernie died January 24, 10, I don't think there was ever a moment in our lives that Ernie did not talk about George, I believe they are together today in heaven with all the rest of the IVALDI'S, they now can form there own football team. Love to you and your family in this time of a loss of a love one, I am there losing Ernie and it is not easy. May God bless, Sybil Ivaldi
To the Blanda family.
Hold on to those wonderful mnemories you have and may they bring you a smile when you need it most. My sincerest condolonces to the family of Mr. Blanda. (Romans 15:4)
A man of honor has passed. It is a sad day for us all.
Rest in peace #16. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You were an inspiration to all who had the priviledge to see you play. I will never forget the time I got to meet you as a 13 year old teenager. Thank you for teaching me to believe in myself and strive to be my best on the gridiron and in life. You will be missed.
No individual in my 61 years of life ever provided me the level of thrill as "the old man." He will live on as long as the last Raider fan of his era in memories that will always be cherished but can never be duplicated.
Knowing George he has already been sent back into the "game".
Looking forward to seeing him play again in another 20 years.
RIP Mr. Clutch.
Larry and Vicki Morgan, Canada
back when it was a game, he played the game,life well. he will be missed
I wore his black and silver no 16 shirt for years. Never missed any of his great game. He was a wonderful man and football player. My prays are with his family. RIP GEORGE
He was the Mariano Rivera of his generation in ALL SPORTS and then some. Those that ARE the Raider Nation will truly miss him. Bless you George and your family.
He was the Mariano Rivera of his generation in ALL SPORTS and then some. Those that ARE the Raider Nation will truly miss him. Bless you George and your family.
Blessings to the Blanda family - He is the reason I am still a loyal Raider fan; I was only 8 when I started watching him play for the Raiders and he quickly became my favorite player, and my dad and I will never forget the 1970 season.
My fondest memories as a teenager growing up in the 70's and watching George Blanda pulling the Raiders out ahead to win the game. I can hear my dad talking to the TV," you need to put George in now to save the game." waht an inspiration he was to many that played the game. May God be with you in your time of need. God bless all who knew and loved him. He will be deeply missed by all.
George Blanda was my first sports hero...God Bless.
RIP MR BLANDA. YOU WERE FRIEND WITH MY AUNT AND UNCLE JUDY AND RALPH BERKES FOR MANY YEARS. I MET YOU AND MRS. BLANDA MANY TIME WITH THE FAMILY. THE FIRST TIME IN THE 60'S WHEN COUSIN MARY JO GOT MARRIED AND LAST TIME WAS ABOUT 4-5 YEARS AGO, WHEN MY AUNT JUDY WAS MEMORIALIZED IN CHICAGO AFTER SHE PASSED. I ALWAYS ADMIRED YOU BECAUSE WITH ALL OF YOUR FAME YOU NEVER FORGOT THE AVERAGE FRIENDS. BONNIE MCGINN PHOENIX AZ.
Gloyd Seebring and Family Jewett, Illinois
R.I.P. george, you were the best man to ever hit pro football. they didnt come any better, thanks for what you gave to football and the fans!!
Some souls were put of this earth to be larger than life.
Thanks for the memories George.....
the world lost one of it great sports hero !!!! he was my favorite player as i was growing up!!! i am sadden by the news of his passing !!!! god must have need a hero quaterback and kicker in heaven !!! a true sportsman he will be missed....
My condolences to the Blanda family - from a die hard Chiefs fan dating back to 1964, who cringed every time George stepped onto the field. I truly believe he is responsible for the Raida culture, which I think is classic. Rest assured, no doubt his spirit will resurrect itself in a new Blanda like Raider. I can't wait. God bless.
My condolences to the Blanda family
North Side, Pittsburgh
Those last minute wins... Now that was football! George Blanda was the only "complete package", of a quarterback/kicker, then to present day. I loved to watch him play the game of football.
God bless you, Mr. Blanda, and may God comfort your family in this time of need.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! MR. BLANDA, THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DID FOR THE OAKLAND RAIDERS! RIP, MR. BLANDA. r.p. albuquerque, nm
Dr. Joseph Blanda & Family of George Blanda
We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength through this difficult time. God bless.
the uof kentucky is saddened today at the passing of one of its greatest football players .whenever the wildcat fans go out to commonwealth stadium.all they haave to do is look up and see the name of george blanda..he was a gret one...
I remember watching him play along with my family. My mother was his biggest fan. She even called him her boyufriend, even though she never saw him or met him in person.
His legacy is remarkable and he trully was a great inspriration to all of us. He will be trully missed.
Godd Bless you and your family!
Melodee Paul - Draper, UT
I have been a Raiders fan since I was a kid in So. Cal.....you will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.
One of the Greatest Legends in professional football has passed away. He leaves a legacy of wonderful memories and exciting moments that cannot be surpassed due to his passion for the sport and his unbelievable talent that continued through his amazing 26 year career. It was an exceptional moment in my life to have met and talked to him,and also recieve his autograph. After watching him play throughout his career,and sharing memories of him with others for the past 50 years I am truly saddened by his passing. My deepest condolences to his Wife, Children, and Family. May you always know our appreciation for you sharing his life with us, his greatest fans
"One of the Greatest Legends in professional football has passed away. He leaves a legacy of wonderful memories and exciting moments that cannot be surpassed due to his passion for the sport and his unbelievable talent that continued through his amazing 26 year career. It was an exceptional moment in my life to have met and talked to him,and also recieve his autograph. After watching him play throughout his career,and sharing memories of him with others for the past 50 years I am truly saddened by his passing. My deepest condolances to his Wife, Children, and Family. May you always know our appreciation for you sharing his life with us, his greatest fans."
RIP George Blanda. One of the Greatest men to wear the Silver and Black.
I remember when Mr. Blanda played for Oakland (my dad and I would watch the games on Sunday afternoons); those last minute field goals were awesome; he was a true sportsman...we just don't have them like George Blanda anymore. My prayers are with his family.
Thank you Mr. Blanda...God Bless You and your Family
George Blanda was big in my house, as my daughter followed his career since she was 12. She wears his number and her favorite team was the raiders. While on vacation in the 70's we had to drive to see where he played in California, we are from NJ. She attented a black tie affair in DC just to see him and have her photo taking with him. To her he was the greatest, thanks for making her days while on the football field.
Diane W's Mom
I wanted to send a message to the family of George Blanda. I live in Tennessee, my father, Joe Williams was George's roommate at Kentucky! My Dad has always talked about him. They weren't roommates long. My dad was there on a football scholarship and not long after he was there he was drafted into the service. My son's and my dad's grandsons were so amazed at his story of being his roommate. I hope this blog gets to his family and know that we have been thinking of his family at this most difficult time.
Please email me if this message is delivered to his family @ email@example.com.
elaine brown & joe williams family
I grew up a hard-core Raider fan in Alameda County and when I was nine-years old I saw Blanda's greatest comeback, the win over the Browns. I'll never forget asking my dad if the old man could do it again just before he kicked the game winning field goal. The place went nuts and it was a great moment that I got to share with my dad.
My dad, a USF graduate, passed away a few months ago and I'm hoping he and George ran into each other yesterday.
I grew up in Greensburg, PA, a small blue collar city 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. George Blanda was from Youngwood, which is only about five or so miles away. George went to tiny Youngwood High School, which doesn't even exist anymore. The Greensburg Salem School District absorbs those students from the Youngwood area nowadays.
George's son Michael dated my cousin up the street in the late seventies and nearly got married. I was around Mike at parties and family get-togethers during that time and would always want to talk to him about his famous father. Even though his dad was a Raider and we, of course, were avid Steeler fans. The Steelers and Raiders, as you know, were extremely bitter rivals back then. Although I never got to meet his dad, I'll admit that I was rather selfishly looking forward to the prospect of doing so it if those wedding plans had ever materialized with my cousin.
George Blanda was so emblematic of his Pittsburgh area roots; tough, durable, humble, and personable. Not to mention an extremely gifted football player. His legend joins right in with Lujack, Parilli, Unitas, Namath, Montana, and Marino as other great quarterbacks who hailed from western Pennsyvania.
My heartfelt condolences go out to his son Michael now and the rest of the extended Blanda family at this time.
This world was certainly a better place with George Blanda in it and coming off that bench. Although we will miss him, we know that our loss is Heaven's gain.
My dad and I loved watching you and the Raiders play. You are with him now in heaven you guys can talk things over. The memories that you gave my dad and I, I will never forget. R.I.P.George
As a life time Oakland Raider fan who bleeds silver and black, George Blanda will always be remembered along with other greats like Stabler, Otto and all other too many to name. God Bless You,for all the wonderful years you gave to your fans.
GEORGE CERTAINLY WAS A VERY GOOD PLAYER. HIS HISTORY SHOWS THAT. WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY THE PROMISE AT JOHN 5:28,29, BRING COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY.
My sympathies and prayers for a family that I shared a few meals with in Houston at Dr Whitehust.Leslie my prayers are with you.
Thank You for the fun watching you play, me and my brothers will miss you. God bless your family.
My name is Rev. Jim Reagan, a chaplain at LaGrange who attended George in his recent illness. He gave me his autograph, very kind of him. What a wonderful hero role model. God bless him. Love God, Rev. Jim Reagan.
Mr Blanda played football with my wife's uncle at the University of Kentucky.
A legend from the AFL and NFL George will be surely missed.
God bless you the George Blanda family.
I had just landed at the Galesburg, Il. airport, which was my home airport, tied down the airplane when I walked by a airplane I had not seen before. On the nose of the plane was "Oakland Raiders". I knew that it had to be some one important. I walked into the FBO and there was George. We talked a while and He let me wear his ring, I don't know which ring it was, but it was beautiful. When we were done talking I told my self, it was a beautiful day. George had been to his Grandmother's funeral.
He leave behind great memories for all his fans. May God bless the family.
Condolences to the Blanda family with the loss of a wonderful man and legend. I will always remember those Raider games back in the day when he would be both QB and placekicker, he truly was a great, great athlete. He was loved by all Raider fans and will go down as one of the best Raiders. May you all be blessed during this very difficult loss and hope that you find comfort knowing he was loved and respected by many. R.I.P. George Blanda and Raider Great. The Raider Nation loves you!
Prayers and deepest condolences to the Blanda family. We remember him well and admired him for being a gentlemen to look up to. Much love to the family and God bless,
I'll never forget you and the '60 and '61 Oilers, as a teenager watching from the $2.00 end-zone seats at the old Jeppesen Stadium. You WERE pro football, to me. Thank you and God bless you.......you can deservedly enjoy ALL the games now.
he was one of my heros even though he did not play for my team,,,, but he was a man i looked up to and admired
MR. BLANDA A TRUE HERO WHO PLAYED THE GAME THE WAY IT SHOULD BE PLAYED, I REMEMBER THAT OLD MAN ALWAYS PLAYING HARD AND DOING WHAT EVER IT TOOK TO WIN.WE NEED MORE GEORGE BLANDAS IN THIS WORLD.CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY REST IN PEACE MR. BLANDA YOU HAVE EARNED IT.
George played football the way it was meant to be played... Da Bears
My gosh, I remember him so well and what he did for football. He was quite a guy and he left his mark on us all.
George A great man wonderful roll model for children not many like him. May the grace of God be with your family. Rest in peace my friend...
I grew up watching Mr. Blanda and the Raiders. He was a special football player. I am now 51..wow where has the time gone! rest in peace Mr.Blanda
Mr. Blanda, you were a nightmare when you and the Bears visited Memorial Stadium to play the Baltimore Colts...you and Harlon Hill, Johnny Morris, Willie Galimore and those Monsters of the Midway led by Bill George and with J.C. Caroline, Ritchie Petitbon, Rosey Taylor and Bennie McCrae trying to shut down John Unitas, who would become one of the great QB's of the game. You were like Unitas, never complained, just did the job...as a kid watching you, sometimes sneaking into the stadium on Sundays, it's incredible now to look back and see how our "heros" helped shape our lives. Thank you for being there and blessings to your family..
To Mrs. Blanda and his family, my heartfelt condolences. I was a Raiders fan living in Washington state for years during his incredible time in Oakland, and he was my inspiration and my hero. Yes, the Raiders would have beaten the Cardinals Sunday had he been there! R.I.P.
I met my favorite player in Pittsburgh before a Raider/Steelers game about 1971. I was 7 yrs old. He was getting off the Raiders bus. He patted my Raiders knit cap covered head and said "Look, we have Raiders fans even in Pittsburgh." I shook his hand and told my dad that I'd never wash my hand again. My birthday and his was 1 day apart. I feel like I lost my grandfather again who died a few yrs ago at age 83. His name was George,also. Can't wait till we meet again Mr. Blanda in the "Best Place."
Dear Blanda Family,
I remember very well the evening George came to our home and presented our eldest son, with a football signed by George in 1961. My husband, Phil Ramsey, worked with George during the off-season in the trucking industry in the Chicago area. We still have the football and the wonderful memory of a great man.
With deepest sympathy,
I am so grateful to have seen him play. He was my hero
Mary K Praete
Condolences to the Blanda family. Truly a all time great.
I learned about football watching the game with my Dad when I was a kid, and the Raiders were always on television back then in the 1970s, when they were good. George Blanda was throwing for touchdowns and kicking field goals to win it, and I thought that was the coolest thing. No one else in the league was doing that. Plus, he was a little bit "up there" in age too, at the time, something else I admired about him. George Blanda became my favorite NFL player and still is. I always wore #16 on my jersey, in honor of him. I was just speaking of him last Sunday, wondering if he was available to help the hapless Raiders. We'll miss you, George.
George you and the Mad bomber were the reason I became a life time raider fan. I love it. those teams were special how I long for those exciting teams of 70's the best in the NFL. Our division is the best.
Thanks for being terrific neighbors for 42 years. There are only a few of us left who remember. But from those of us who do, our sincere condolences to Mrs. Blanda, Leslie and Rick. Your friends in Sherwood Village.
Mr. Blanda will always be a role model to follow for pride and poise! So many new players could learn from him. Rest in peace Mr. Blanda. Go Raiders!
I was wearing my #16 Blanda jersey Sunday. If George was kicking that last second field goal, we know what the outcome would have been. R.I.P. to the greatest Raider of them all!
George Blanda was a inspiration to many Raider's fans.He was one of the reasons I became a Raiders fan in the early 70's.I will always remember his heroics.My deepest sympathies to his family.George Cole(S.C.)
My condolences to the Blanda family. I went to grade school and high school with Rick back in the 1960's. Knowing the Blandas was something special I remember and I have followed Mr. Blanda's career with much interest over the years. Once again, my prayers and sympathy for your loss.
Watched all your plays - the name Blanda
has never been forgotten. You were a great football player for all of the Bay
Area fans. Hope my dad can shake your hand at the gates of heaven.
Dolores Jardine Finn
George Blanda was my favorite player when I was a kid growing up. For my 13th birthday. my dad set it up for me to meet George and get his autograph and a picture. Rest in Peace Mr Blanda
George was so terrific on the field and off. I enjoyed those Raider victories so much. He was one of the great Raiders that no one will ever dethrone. Going to miss you, George, love to watch those old games.
george,you were the only reason i watched football. thanks for the memories.
Thank you George for all the great memories. I lived in Oakland and never missed a game. You provided thrills and excitement on many a Sunday. Especially that five game run back in the seventies.
GEORGE BLANDA WAS ONE OF THE REASONS I HAVE BEEN A RAIDER FAN ALL MY LIFE. MY RAIDER JERSEY HAS #16. RIP GEORGE. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
MIKE MURPHY, MONMOUTH JUNCTION,NJ
MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF GEORGE BLANDA. WATHCHING HIM PLAY FOOTBALL WAS A JOY AND ESPECIALY WHEN HE GOT OLDER AND WAS STILL COMPETING. MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT FROM GOD ABOVE.
To the Blanda family, Please accept my condolences and my the peace of God that excels all thought comfort you in your time of sorrow. (Philippains 4:7)
George Blanda personified what made the Raiders special in the late 60's and 70's. He was a great competitor, inspiration to generations of Americans, and a mentor to young players. He will always hold a special place in the hearts not only of Raider fans but all football fans. And oh what memories he created that we will never forgot.
Rest in Peace George and know that you lead a great life and were greatly admired and loved by so many.
This is a sad, say day for anyone who loves football. George Blanda was the toughest quarterback and greatest field general I ever saw, alongside Johnny Unitas. He kicked field goals and extra points so often that he set an NFL records for points in his time.I remember every single Sunday afternoon when my brother and I sat in the old Jeppesen Stadium on the University of Houston campus and watched Mr. Blanda throw strikes to Billy Cannon, Charley Hennigan, Bill Hall, and so on. I watched him lead the old Oilers to the first two American Football League championships. In those days, you didn't hear a lot about salary disputes. Those guys just loved the game, and played it that way. Now, George has completed one last pass for the ages. May God bless him.
I grew up watching the Raiders with my dad - he knew many of them from working at the Oakland Marina, and hanging around The Raider Room on Hegenberger! He was always so proud to talk about the men as they took the field. (Although I will admit that a bit of furniture was broken throughout those years.)
Few names brought more shouts of pure unbridled-sport-loving-joy than Mr. Blanda's!
I recall seeing Mr. Blanda presented with an award one morning on TV before a Raider game. It was his birthday - it was my 10th. My heart swelled with pride, and he seemed so humble - larger than life to me.
On days other than "game day" - both my father and mother spoke of him with such honor - his family, conduct, his overall deportment was that of a man of integrity.
I still say "Happy Birthday" to Mr. Blanda every September 17 as I blow out the candles - and will continue to do so.
I will miss him, as will so many others...yet I know that we will see him again - "soon and very soon".
George Blanda is one the Great Ones who gave the rest of us something to chase.
When I was 10 years old I watched all the great wide-open AFL games on the folks black and white TV, Rabbitt ears and all. George Blanda was my football hero and I actually started kicking field goals then and I still do today at 59 years old.. What a legend and a career that spanned 4 decades. Never had the honor of seeing him play in person, but did visit his monument at the Canton Hall of Fame where he will always be remembered...Alive and Kicking is a book about George during his last minute heroics with the Raiders... My prayers are with the Blanda family.. They don't make 'em like him anymore. Brian May, Westbrook, Ct.
I loved watching him play. Being a kid, being female & loving football was strange to others. I loved watching the AFL teams. George always made it a great experience. So sorry for his loss.
Watching Mr. Blanda play ball was a joy. May his family have peace during this hard time.
Mr. Blanda's passing rekindles the memories of when football was a sport, not a business. The players were professional and represented the league with pride and class. Mr. Blanda did so for 26 years, performing at levels most players never reach. His passing is another milestone for the lost generation of purity and common sense. RIP, Mr. Blanda, and thank you for the memories.
I did not get to see Lou Groza (Cleveland Browns) play much, however I do rmember those early Sunday evenings (before 60 Minutes on CBS) watching George Blanda either throw or placekick his team to victory. He was Mr. Cool, Calm, and Collected when the game was on the line. Plus, in 1960 I rmember watching the Houston Oilers on ABC, leading his team to the championships in the first 2 years of the AFL.
The old placekicker ,now trots off the field , waves to the crowd, into the tunnel of sports history.
You were my favorite Raider player. Season ticket holder in the 70's, saw all those great last minute wins, all the fans cheered when you came onto the field.
Thank You for the memories, Mr Blanda. I grew up watching you with my father.
I am old enough (or as George would say Young enough) to remember with playing for the Oilers. I feel many Texans followed his his true grit career with pride. I rooted for the Raiders because of Mr Blanda. Thank you for the many black and white TV afternoons watching you play. God Bless
I have fond memories of George coming off the bench to quarterback the Raiders to victory, and his game-winning kicks are also the stuff of football legend.
His play in the AFL's early days cannot be overlooked either, as he directed the Houston Oilers to the first two AFL Championships.
you were the man!!! godspeed george
MY SYMPATHIES TO THE GEORGE BLANDA FAMILY. MAY YOU FIND COMFORT,STRENGTH,AND PEACE THROUGH GOD'S LOVE.
As a major football fan i remember the days George played,watching him as a child to a young adult.This indeed is a sad day for the nfl.I wish Mr Blanda family and friend all my condolences.He is now up the playing football in heaven.Thank you for all your years you gave for us.
George Blanda is better than Starr,
Of the Green Bay Packers, by far by far.
Along with Otto and Biletnikoff,
The Oakland Raiders top them off.
When they put Blanda in the game,
Not one thing remains the same.
The Raiders take lead by tremendous score.
The opposition's fans don't cheer anymore.
And by the sound of the game's final gun,
The Oakland Raiders will have won.
And with George Blanda's skill,
They'll win many more, I'm sure they will.
(c) 1970 Mike Schilling, age 11
My most sincere wishes to members of the Blanda family and the Raiders Organization. I enjoyed watching one of the classic NFL players of all time, George Blanda, play quarterback and place kicker for the Oakland Raiders. George was a class act. RIP George.
One of the greatest football heroes Houston ever had. My wife and I saw some of the best Oiler games at Jepensen statium in the early 60's and will never forget. May your family heal and be at peace. God bless you George Blanda...we will see you again someday. We love and will miss you forever. Go Oilers... Ted and Rose Lindemann
these show off s smartelics that play today that beats their own drumbs when they do something good on the field need to watch old films of george blanda what a roll model what a human being
Bye George. You made life better for many football fans from coast to coast. You were a winner on and off the field.I sure did enjoy watching you do your magic on the field. I hope you rest in peace and that family knows that you are now in the true"Hall of Fame" God speed to one of the great men in Football History.
Wow! What a great career Blanda had! Rest in peace.
I remember growing up in Deep South Texas and seeing Mr. Blanda play on Television, with the Raiders. Still to this day every time I see a Raider's helmet, the name of George Blanda pops into my mind. Thanks for the memories and may you rest in peace.
THANKS FOR ALL THE SEASONS OF GREAT MEMORIES. THE NFL WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER WITH YOUR "IRON MAN" ABILITIES.May God Bless Family & Friends,
Mr. Blanda was the greatest clutch player the game of pro football has ever known. God bless you George and thanks again for all the great memories!
If there is football in heaven I am sure you are the QB rest in peace
As so many have stated before me, I am a diehard Raiders fan having started watching them in 1965 and stuck through thick and thin. It was with great sorrow that I read of the passing of George Blanda. He was someone that children could look up to as a great example of a sports hero. My sincerest sympathies to his family and to the Raider family. Heaven is receiving a great gift.
Farewell to one of the greatest football players there ever was. They don't make them tuff like that anymore! RIP Mr. Blanda.
Blanda knew how to play the game...the tougher the situation the better he liked it. If you played against "Mr. Clutch", it was never over until time ran out. Thank you for all those impossible moments, when the game was all but lost and you found a way to WIN! In my book, you were the greatest that ever played the game.
Thank you, Mr. Blanda for being a Kentucky great. Your name is in the ring of legends at Commonwealth Stadium forever.
We had to always watch sports at our house, especially football, and even though I was a kid, I remember him as one of the great players, and his legacy will remain, and no one then, or today, can compare to him. I do not remember hearing anything bad about Mr. Blanda, and I feel he was a mentor to all. May God Comfort and peace to his family in their time of loss.
One of the greatest has gone to his reward. God bless you George Blanda!
I had the thrill of meeting Mr. & Mrs. Blanda at a Blood Bank. Both were so sweet and gracious! My deepest sympathy to your family!
George was class like we do not see today. He played for the right reasons...love of the GAME!! I was truly a big fan of this ballplayer...
George was the best. My buddies and I were at all of the game's that George won in the last second's of the game and I will remember George and those games as long as I live. George was a role model for all of us old dude's THINK YOUNG as he would say. We love you man.
What an outstanding player. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May George rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to the Blanda Family. My memories of George was as an Oiler fan. With less than 2 minutes left on the clock and 3 touchdowns behind, he'd win the game. George was a master of working the clock. What memories! There will never be another George Blanda.
What is better than having supper with family...watching football with my family. I grew up watching the original Raiders Late 60's to early 70's. Mr. George was determined and I think we all learned something from him during our growing years. Our original Raiders fan is Elly Hylback, and her daughter Jody.
What great and personal memories. My Dad and Aunt always had/have fond memories of the Blanda family as do I.
Steve Hamrock - born and raised in Youngwood
A great, great football player. If he had wanted to, he could have kicked for a few more years, he was that good. Rest in peace, George. Earle, Piercetown, SC.
What a great Oakland Raider!
Rest in peace.
He is the one my husband & I use as the standard for all football players. Not just because of his physical prowess but because of his heart.
What a wonderful man , i met George in Islemorada Florida at the Red Bone fishing tornamet . We sat and talk and he was so nice to be around . Rest in peace George . Michael Maxwell toms River NJ
Hated the Raiders, loved to watch George Blanda. Rest in Peace
The world has lost one of the greatest Football players of all times- I sat many a Sunday in Houston and watched him at his greatest with the Oilers! There will never be one to replace him!George I shed a tear for you this day-MY HERO!!!
THANKS FOR ALL THE SEASONS OF GREAT MEMORIES. THE NFL WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER WITH YOUR "IRON MAN" ABILITIES.
He was a hell of a great player, he will be missed, whole heartedly.
My condolences to his family.
As a BALTIMORE Colt fan back in 1970, I remember the Oakland-Colt game at old Memorial Stadium that year. I read an article about the game some time later where he told the Raiders "Welcome to Baltimore. We're playing 50,000 people." We loved our Colts, but Blanda made the game special.
I kmow his family and friends will have memories of a lifetime. I watched him play when ever he was on TV, enjoyed it very much. Rest in Peace.
George Blanda was a 'true' hero and mentor. How I enjoyed watching the Raiders during his years. There has never been nor ever will be another Kicker like him. He will live in history forever. You were loved by all fans and will be missed dearly. My sincere sympathy to his entire family.
What a great Oakland Raider!
Rest in peace.
Many Sunday afternoons were spent watching George Blanda play football. He was "the greatest". He will be missed but his memories will last forever in the hearts and minds of those of us whom he entertained for so long.
Another Great PA QB goes on to play on the big ALL-STAR team in the here after. God Speed Mr. Blanda you did PA proud!!!
Even as a Colt fan, I always enjoyed watching and rooting for George Blanda--the games against the old Boston Patriots and the eternal rivalry with Kansas City. I often wonder the difference George would have made had he stayed with Baltimore during our lean years. He truly was a class act and unfortunately for football, the George Blandas and many of our Colts are now gone to a better place--depriving today's young fans of a chance to see true football without the showmanship and high salaries but most of all, the moral character of yesterday's players. Thank you George for many great memories as a youngster! Heaven has one great football team now with you on the roster!
What an icon of my youth! God bless wonderfully inspirational man's family.
RIP George....a great Bear
You were one of the best football players ever! Thanks for the memories! II Timothy 4:7 says, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: May you RIP.
George Blanda is a legend and was my husband Gordon's hero. While I was usually on opposite sides against his team and he broke my heart with his game winning kicks, I have to say out of all the Kickers in Football he will always be the greatest. I talk of him alot and God bless his family. Maybe Gordon will finally meet him. My prayers are with all of you.
Agnes E Horrox
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I grew up watching this MAN! What a "ROLE MODEL" the sports world has lost a GREAT ONE! REST IN PEACE MR.BLANDA
Thinking of you.
To Mrs. Blanda and Family. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with us for all of those years. You will remain in our prayers.
Rest in peace Mr. Blanda. The NFL has and will never be the same.
you felt he was as good a person as he was a player god speed
George - Thanks for the memories
To me he was the geatest EVER
Thank You, Mr. Blanda for showing us what one player can have a impact on a football game. A HERO in every sense of the word.
A man that made a difference to his team back in 1970 week after
week after week!!!!!!!!!!
i never was a raider fan, but i really enjoyed wathing Mr. Blanda come in the game and rally Oakland win back to.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
For my dad, Stubby, who will now be able to "kick it" with George in heaven. One of his favorites when I was just a little girl watching football with her daddy.
What great days those were watching George play. Back then there was no protection of the OBs the way there is now. God bless his family and friends during this time of grief.
Dear Margaret & the rest of George's family-I feel privileged to have grown up in the town where George Blanda was from. My mom, Josephine Uhrinek Kosarek, grew up right next to the Blandas & went to school with George & spoke of what a nice & wonderful guy he was & she was glad to have known him. Everyone in Youngwood was & is so proud of their hometown hero. I love looking at the street sign named after him. Thanks for sharing him with the whole country. May all your happy memories with George console your heart.
I AM A KC FAN AND REMEMBER THE GAMES HE PLAYED AGAINST THE CHIEFS. BACK THEN THAT WAS FOOTBALL AND HIM AND LEN DAWSON ARE TWO OF THE BEST THAT PLAYED AGAINEST EACH OTHER.
Youngwood,PA has lost one of its favorite
sons. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Ruth Lamb Ferguson and family.
Thanks for the memories of winning for the Raiders in the final seconds. We always knew you would get it done. I'll never forget the ball sailing thru the uprights from 53 yards out with no time left against Cleveland.. right after you threw the tying touchdown. You played hard week after week and were a pleasure to watch. You made 1970 a special season. Our thoughts are with your family.
I grew up watching the Chicago Bears long after George Blanda departed that team. But I am a George Blanda FAN!
He will truly be missed.
I am a Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Army Dentist, but George Blanda was my hero in my younger days. I admired his spunk and tenacity! God Bless him and his family! We've lost a very wonderful man and a superb athlete, never to be repeated! May God Bless you George. You were my Hero! You are truly missed. Sincerely John
A super player..God be with him and the family.
What a blessing it has been a share the past years with Mr. Blanda. Always a kind and encouraging words. I will miss you.
To the family: May the comfort from family and friends strengthen you during this difficult time, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
I remember the winning 52 yard field goal against Cleveland. I was a 12 year old living in Tennessee & remember my late father calling him "Uncle" George because of his age in relation to the other players ages. After that day I remained a fan of "Uncle" George and the Raiders.
Even though I never met him, I am deeply saddened by his passing.
My condolences to his wife & family. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
George Blanda is the reason I have been a die hard Raider fan since 1967. I grew up in New York and,as a kid, went to the 1968 AFL championship game at Shea Stadium where, unfortunately, the Raiders were beaten by the Jets. I'll always remember George's miracle run in 1970 and how good it felt to see him get his due as a great football player. Thanks for the memories, George.
A true gentleman and legend!
Our prayers and sympathies go out to George Blanda's family and friends. We are sure he is playing his game in Heaven and looking down on his family and friends. God Bless all of you.
Condolences to all his family
What a legend of a long life he
was one best back to Back sports
"Icon" so long ~George Blanda~
I have been a George Blanda fan from the beginning of the AFL. What an "Iron Man". What memories he has left me. He was truly a sport during the days when football was a sport..
Thank you for the memories. Ms Blanda , you were married to a true legend and an inspiration.. RIP George. God Bless You & your famil.
Many years ago in Pampa, Texas I worked for George's brother, Pete Blanda. Pete talked about his brother so much and was very proud of him. I followed George's career and became proud of him too. My condolences to the family.
As a former Raiders multiple season ticket holder, I remember George was always thinking ahead like a chess player.
He was much fun to watch and always a gentleman to everyone.
I had to move away, so I kept in touch via the media, before there were computers everywhere.
I wish nothing but the best for the many loved ones he has left behind.
George was a wonderful man who always had a way of putting a smile on your face. I was lucky enough to play golf with him several times when he visited his brother Pete in Pampa, Texas. Such a gentleman.
George was a very nice man. His brother taught at the United States Military Academy with my father in 1972, in the Office of Military Instruction. This is the Christmas of 1972, George Blanda's brother told me I have a Christmas surprise for you and I got a chance to meet the the venerable, George Blanda. He was a humble, nice man, who had class! Still, I think of the time I got to meet George Blanda, a nice, humble man. My deepest sympathy to your family!
In 1970 I was just a kid growing up in Alameda. Then my dad took me to watch the Raiders win because you gave it your all and kicked that record 53 yard FG. From then on I was hooked on Raider football. Thanks for giving so much to so many. Rest in peace.
I hope that I can play on George's team in Heaven. The Raider nation will miss him
R Cook Branson Mo
George was the man! A legend of all legends! George gave us the greatest moments in NFL Football history! God bless the Blanda family.
It was my greatest Football blessing to have seen "The Grand Old Man" play when with the Raiders.
Today I wept upon hearing the sad news, but his memory will always bring joy because to me he has been & will always be the GREATEST RAIDER ever!
Rest well I'll always love you.
George was my true human hero of my whole life. My license plates bear the number 16. I have a huge scrapbook dedicated to George. As a child I was a Bears fan and, of course, became a Raider fan (after a few stops!). My aunt, who lived in Western Springs, actually arranged that I would get a Christmas card from him many years ago. True sympathy to the whole family. I have, myself, gotten many sympathy messages from many relatives and friends. I used to send birthday cards and just recently was with friends on his birthday and toasted him. What a great man!! His legend will live forever! You go, George!!
To the Blanda Family,
It saddens me to learn of the passing of George, I followed his career as far back as I can remember.He was a man deidicated to life,family and what I know his charity work.We will miss him and we'll say a prayer for you all.
We are so sorry about your loss, please know that your angel is in a better place and soon we will all be able to love him hug him, to never be separated again!
Paul Edelstein Family
RIP George Blanda....I can still remember watching games in the early 70's and my mother saying.."My God...Is he still playing?" I'll always think back to those classic Steeler - Raider games.
He was my idol growing up in the 60's and 70's. Couldn't wait to watch him play. He played the game and led his life as a true role model for kids and grownups. He is and will be missed.
I have always been a Raiders fan, and remember my early fan years were those with Mr. Blanda playing there. I admired his love of the game!
Sharon , Pennsylvania
I wish I could see just one more "late in the game" touchdown pass!
Thank you for the memories George!
My condolences to the Blanda family.
In my youth, my heroes were George Blanda and Jim Brown. Mr. Blanda, you will severely missed throughout the football world.
God Bless you George, RIP
Applause, Applause, Applause...thanks and Rest in Peace.
Great memories of you and your brother Mike in Youngwood,Pa.My sympathy to the family!
my condolences to the blanda family, while I never knew Mr. Blanda Im a lifelong raider fan and mourn his passing with your family as well as the raider nation. Rest in peace Mr. Blanda.
Condolences to the Blanda family. I became a Raider fan at age 7 after seeing the first of George's 5 miracles that season. I was fortunate enough to meet him 20 years ago. He was gracious, humble and kind. God bless you, George.
My condolences to the Blanda family and also the Raider organization from a fellow Pennsylvanian (Williamsport in Northcentral Pennsylvania). He was 1 hell of a player.
My father told me that he played some golf with George Blanda back in the 50's when another playing partner may have been Blackhawk center Mush Marsh. From this all I took great interest in watching George play for the Oilers, kicking field goals and finally coming in at "advance age" to play quarterback and take his team to the playoffs. Truly a professional.
John and Emily,
We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Keith and Kathryn Arbuckle
My father wanted so much to name his son after his favorite player, but instead I turned out to be a girl. I am always proud to have been named after you!
Good By King George. The fans all join in thanking you for some great football action. RIP warrior.
I watched him as a very young teen, I have such fond memories of his spirit and enthusiasm, he'll be missed by many fans, friends and family. Thanks George.
I was only 11 in 1970 but I remember those late comebacks and he was/is my Idol, a father figure of sorts on the football field. God Bless.
I LOVED WATCHING HIM AS A YOUNG MAN, I'M NOW 64, HE WAS THE GREATEST! I'LL REALLY MISS HIM. WE WILL REMEMBER HIM IN OUR PRAYERS AS WELL AS HIS FAMILY. RIP GEORGE!
JAMES R. JORDAN
MOUNT HOLLY,NORTH CAROLINA 28120
I was a huge Raider fan back in the day, and always found George an inspiration. My condolences to the Blanda family.
As a Raider fan and a Bears fan, I am saddened upon hearing about George's death. I met him when just a young sports photographer in Chicago and when I asked his name he replied Duward Forgwart. A great sense of humor and a deep love for the game carried him through his career.
Mr. Blanda was the person from whom I got my interest in football. In 1970, I heard my Uncle Tim moaning about this "old guy" who was coming in to kick the game winning field goal against his KC Chiefs. It got my interest, in part, because he was my dad's age. The next week, he beat Cleveland (where I grew up) and I was hooked. Because of Mr. Blanda, I've been a life-long Raiders fan, and because of his inspiration, now that I'm an "old guy" I know I don't have to act like one. Thanks for the memories, and I will keep the Blanda family in my prayers.
Condolences. I hope you are well. I often think fondly of you.
God bless George Blanda and his lovely wife Betty. From your old friend in the San Diego hotel lobby.
He could have kicked his way out of an Army tank and not break a sweat. I was a privilege to watch him play. Plus, he played until he was 48 years old. I will miss him.
Thanks for the memories, Mr. George Blanda. My sympathies, prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time. Go Raiders!
Rest in Peace Mr. Blanda, Thanks for some of the greatest moments i have ever witnessed in the the game, You were truly the best.
i have memories of mr blanda from my deceased father nick cacic who grew up in youngwood pa next door to the blandas in fact my dad had said george carried his football shoes from high school it was a family story i once met pete his brother as a young child when my father would visit youngwood to this day i am an oakland raider fan bvecause of george blanda god bless
To the the family of George Blanda - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that George will be missed by many.
Hopefully the NFL will have a moment of silence next weekend at all their games for this legend. I remember watching him bring the Raiders back time and time. I enjoyed watching him play. Rick Luke(Vero Beach, Fl)
My condolences to his family and all of his fans. George, the OLD MAN OF FOOTBALL
showed the whole world that age does not matter. I still wear an old Raider jacket.
He will always be in our memories. GOD bless
Thanks for being such a positive role model in my young life.May God bless your family in their time of sorrow
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Hopefully the NFL will have a moment of silence next weekend at all their games for this legend. I remember watching him bring the Raiders back time and time. I enjoyed watching him play.
Thank you George for all the great memories, it was alot of fun. Our family is sure going to miss you. God bless George Blanda... Joe Trujillo Sr.
I lived next door to George's brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Betty Blanda, for years. Occasionally, George would stop by on his way through the area. Once, when my son was 7, he was invited to meet George, but got sick and wasn't able to go. Later that evening, Betty came over to our house with photos that George had signed especially for my son. Such a kind thing to do, and something we have never forgotten. Thanks again, George.
WoW he was a real football player i remenber win he would through a touchdown and then kick the fieldgoalget hurt and then come off the bench and kick the winning feildgoal we will never see another player like him again thank you for being a raider RIP
thank you MR BLANDA 4 wonderful memories from your fan.
George Blanda was a true AFL Alltime Great. As a young teenager who rooted for the New York Titans, you really feared George Blanda. Blanda to Charley Hennigan, Blanda to Billy Cannon or Blanda to Willie Frazier as called by Charlie Jones or Paul Christman was enough to scare the heck out of you. He was also great as a Raider, but I think his career as a Houston Oiler is often overlooked. I offer condolences to his family. He was a great man and an inspiration to anyone who needs a second or a third chance to be great.
George was the best.God bless him. We have lost another great man........
I have been a RAIDER fan for 38 years, and there was never anyone who played the game better than yourself. You will surely be missed, but you will always be a RAIDER. The Autumn wind is a Raider......
I do not think that there will ever be a football like mr.blanda again! bless the blanda family from the steeler nation
There will never be another George Blanda. He was the best at his sport and a true gentleman. He provided me with many amazing moments as I watched as a young man. His family has suffered a great loss as well as the nation. Live on George.
There comes a time when all fans of sport lay down their convictions and become a whole ... this is that time. I am a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan and I have vivid memories of George's heroics on the playing field. Nobody has come close to his IRONMAN standard in his sport. What he did was an accomplishment which will likely stand the test of time ... and so will the memories I have of him. Rest in Peace George for now you play on GOD's team.
You are the best. To your family may God Bless you thru your grief. You will be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
There will never be another George Blanda. He was amazing to watch play the game and he was a true gentleman. His family has suffered a great loss as well as the nation. Live on George.
To the Blanda family, so sorry for your loss. I have been a RAIDER fan since I was 10yrs old. Don't know how I got started on watching football my brothers didn't watch any sports but I chose football. My mom always new sundays at 10:00 a.m. the t.v. was mine don't even think about changing it. She always new how the RAIDERS were doing just by my yelling, i only wished I was older at that time to go to alot of the games but know one in my family was into sports. Back then is when it was real FOOTBALL they played the game with all their heart <3 it was in there blood and it was iron man football. Mr Blanda was a talented football player and he loved playing the game not for the money but for the sport. And he played for along time into his 40's (football yrs that was old to play the game) and if his body was willing he would have kept on playing and he would have been AWSOME. Him and Tatum are re-united, they both have new body's now and I wouldn't be surprised if they would start a football team in HEAVEN. He will be missed not only by his fans & friends but by his family. His fans knew the player part of him but his family new the man and they have so many wonderful memory's that will last for ever. And i'm sure he shared his football years with them as well. Mr. Blanda will be missed as a player and as a man, may he REST IN PEACE.
Truely the end of an ERA... George will be Greatly Missed...
Your exploits on the football field will never be forgotten. Those of use who witnessed your great Raider years are so fortunate. If any Raider number should be retired, #16 should be the first. Thank you, George.
What a great player he was! And we may never see the likes of one as great in football ever again.
The football world has lost a legend. What a classs act. A true football hero and someone to look up to.
I stasrted watching George Blanda as a 12 year old in teh early 60's when he played for the Houston Oilers. I remember when Houston let him go because he was too old ( only for him to have a great career at Oakland after that. I met him in Houston one time and he was very courteous. He was indeed a great player and person. My condolenses to his family.
My prayers to the family. I enjoyed watching Mr. Blanda play and of recent Raider years I've said many a Sunday if George Blanda were playing the Raider's would have won today! I've been a dedicated Raider fan since 1970 and he will be missed. I attribute watching football to him. He always bailed the team out sometimes in the last 15 seconds of the game.
Condolences to the Blanda family. George embodied all that is good in sports and competition. He will be missed.
George you will be truly missed and you will always be a RAIDER PLAYER FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS ! i probably seen you at a game or at the santa rosA training camp.
god bless you GEORGE R-I-P RAIDER NATION ALWAYS :)
I've been in love with Mr. Blanda since I was 16 yrs. old. He was truly one of the best football players of all time. They sure don't make them like him anymore. RIP, Mr. Blanda.
a true legend thanks Mr. Blanda
My condolences to family and loved ones. May the Bible's promises for the future bring you comfort.
I'm very sorry for your loss
We'll miss you Mr. Blanda. Grew up watching you with the Raiders, always had the best advice to everyone, and you lived by it with lots of class. You were the best, thanks for the memories. RIP
I am A Steeler fan but we will miss you George. Lots of great memories when I was a lad watching you with my brother kicking FG's and throwing passes when you were 40! Awesome! Thanks!
not only a great arm but an awesome kicker as well.thanks for the memories.
Athletics aside, truly a great gentleman. I am so proud to carry your name. Thanks for the time that you spent writing to me as a small 10-year-old - meeting you and being a penpal was a dream come true. My deepest sympathies to the family. Rest in Peace good sir.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
As a Raider fan from way back I will always remember you as an inspiration. What an extraordinary life. My condolences to the family.
Georgge Blanda was such an outstanding athlete and played for so long that one loses track of how old he is and how long he has been playing. I would not have been surprised to have seen his name in the lineup at any time in the past few years.
RIP Mr. Blanda ~ You were a REAL NFL player our youth could look-up to as a role model. May your family find peace in the memories. God Bless
Watching you play football in the NFL was the greatest joy...EVER! Thank you , Mr. Blanda
NFL GREAT that you were!
One the greatest players I was briefly honored to play with during the Raiders 1967 season ending in Super Bowl II. He was the oldest player on the team and I one of the youngest, but he was a fierce competitor then and obviously later in his mid-40’s ‘glory’ days. He was truly ‘A Legend’ and I extend my sincere best wishes to his family.
What an athletic man whose endurance continues to be
inspirational to anyone loving the game.....Robert Rawson
of South Panola county Mississippi
Anybody who loves football has to respect and admire the career George Blanda had. May he rest in peace!
God Bless, Randy Holle
You gave me the best advice when you told me: "champions find a way to win." And you always did in golf, tennis, cards...it didn't matter because you were a winner in life. We miss you very much.
Robert and Sue Basso
VP Advertising Sony (retired)
I only met you once and knew that you were a graceful and giving person. You bought lunch for my birthday. Thank you for signing my football. My deepest sympathy to your family--Rest In Peace
You were a larger-than-life character during my childhood and a perfect gentleman when a met you a couple times as an adult.
May God help your family during this great loss...and may you continue throwing TDs in heaven.