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Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda dies

ALAMEDA, Calif. — 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 entered the NFL from Kentucky and spent 26 seasons 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.

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