George Frederick Blanda ('The Grand Old Man') (September 17, 1927--September 27, 2010) was a collegiate and professional football quarterback and placekicker. The son of a Slovak-born Pittsburgh-area coal miner, 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. Blanda retired from pro football in 1976. He was one of only three players to play in four different decades, and he holds the record for most extra points kicked. He was married to Betty Harris from December 17, 1949 until his death on September 27, 2010. He had two children. Blanda was a quarterback and kicker at the University of Kentucky. Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant, who later won fame and set countless records at conference rivals Alabama, arrived in his sophomore year, following a 19 season. The Wildcats lost three games in each of the next three years.
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