George Blanda, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame following a 26-year career as a quarterback and kicker, has died, said Oakland Raiders, team authorities . He was 83. The Raiders organization released a statement Monday afternoon, confirming the news.

 

Few today may understand the greatness of this ball player. Raiders Owner Al Davis presented for Blanda at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, where he called Blanda the greatest clutch player the game of pro football has ever known.

He played 10 years with the Chicago Bears and seven more with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League, he was best-known for his seasons with the Raiders.

Blanda spent the last nine seasons of his career with the Silver and Black in the dual-role of quarterback/ kicker before finally retiring at the age of 48 in 1976. He still holds the record for being the oldest player to participate in an NFL game.

He was the greatest clutch player the game of pro football had ever known, Raiders owner Al Davis said when Blanda was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

Blanda, who retired at the age of 48, was responsible for four dramatic victories and a last-second tie for the Raiders as either a quarterback or kicker,.

Blanda sealed his legend in Raiders history with a remarkable stretch of game-winning heroics during the 1970 season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1967 when he took the Silver and Black to Super Bowl II, where they lost to Green Bay.

Blanda played in 224 straight games and 340 overall, passing for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns

No cause of death was immediately released. Believe to be from natural causes .

According to Raiders team officials there will be a memorial service with the time and place to be announced at a later date, adding that a private funeral service will be held for the family.