September 27, 2010
Hall of Famer and former Raiders quarterback/kicker George Blanda passed away on this date due to an illness.
Blanda played for the Raiders from 1967-1975 and is known for playing the most seasons in NFL history at 26. Nicknamed “The Grand Old Man”, Blanda played in four different decades and holds the record for most extra points kicked.
With the Raiders, Blanda is best known for a five-game stretch as a 43-year-old in which he led the Raiders to a 4-0-1 record with an array of last-minute touchdown passes or field goals. He would become the oldest quarterback to play in a championship game that season when the Raiders lost to Baltimore 27-17.
Blanda was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981.