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Versatile, Durable Legend Blanda Dies at 83

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George Blanda, the Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker who played a record 26 seasons of professional football and once almost single-handedly won five consecutive games for the Oakland Raiders, has died. He was 83.

The Raiders confirmed the death Monday and issued a statement calling Blanda "a brave Raider and a close personal friend of Raiders owner Al Davis."

The Pennsylvania-born Blanda, who career dated to an era when players routinely manned two positions, scored a then-record 2,002 points. He scored those by throwing for 236 touchdowns and running for nine, as well as kicking 335 field goals and 943 extra points. He retired before the 1976 season, a month shy of his 49th birthday, having spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, part of one with the...

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