Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback Blanda dies

Shown in an undated photo is George Blanda, quarterback and place kicker for the Oakland Raiders football team.

September 27, 2010 12:37:21 PM PDT
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 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. 1, 1981.