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September 29, 2010

George Bland Just Missed His Super Bowl Ring

Filed under: A.F.L., NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 9:02 am

Discovered this nice photo of young & not so young George.

Sadly the Raiders cut George Blanda in the summer of 1976 opting for a soccer-style kicker who was 25 years younger than George.  This couldn’t have been a big surprise to George because the Raiders had drafted Fred Steinfort in the 5th round (Boston College) some months earlier.  Unfortunately for Steinfort he was injured and only played seven games that season.  The Raiders snatched up another older veteran kicker from Detroit named Errol Mann who finished out the season kicking for the Silver & Black.

The part that always bothered me is that during his 9 years with the Raiders George Blanda never got to win a Super Bowl.  Oh he came close many times but never got the ring.  As fate would have it the Raiders would win Super Bowl XI just five months after letting George go.

Fred Steinfort ended up having a nice NFL career playing eight years for a total of 5 teams (Oakland, Atlanta, Denver, New England, & Buffalo).  Errol Mann who was already 35 when the Raiders acquired him stayed on for two more years before being replaced by Jim Breech.

During the nine years that George Blanda was a Raider he played in one Super Bowl (II vs. Green Bay), seven AFL/AFC Championships, and a total of 15 post-season games.  He helped lead the Raiders to the playoffs in eight of his nine years.  His final official NFL point was scored during the 1975 AFC Championship when he nailed a 41 yard field goal.  Unfortunately for George and his Raiders they yet again ended up one game short of the Super Bowl.

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1 Comment »

  1. ONE HELL OF A PLAYER.

    Comment by uncle buck — September 29, 2010 @ 10:04 am


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