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Monday, September 27, 2010
Bud Adams on George Blanda

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Titans owner Bud Adams just released this statement on George Blanda, who passed away. Blanda played for the Houston Oilers from 1960-66.
“George will always be remembered by me and our fans as the first quarterback of our organization and as the quarterback who led us to three AFL Championship games, including the first two AFL titles. In his time with us, he guided the Oilers to 45 wins and still remains the third most prolific passer in our team’s history with over 19,000 passing yards, 165 touchdowns and seven of his most productive pro seasons. He was the perfect fit for the start of the AFL, joining our league from the NFL and displaying the ability to lead a high flying offense. His play garnered our league a lot of attention and fans. We had a celebration last year in Houston for the 1960 and 1961 AFL Championship seasons and the team hall of fame members and it was great to have George join us and remember fondly those early years. My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.”