Originally Posted by revefsreleets
Blanda definitely belongs...dude played into his 50's.
This is what is stated by the HOF on Blanda:
"Blanda did not become a fulltime starter until his fifth season with the Bears and in 1954 he was shelved by an injury. In 1959, he balked at becoming a kicker-only and retired. But the emergence of the American Football League in 1960 gave Blanda another chance to play. He went on to lead the Oilers to the first two AFL titles and won AFL Player of the Year honors in 1961. In 1967, when Blanda was almost 40, the Oilers decided he was through but the Raiders saw George as a contributing backup passer and a dependable kicker so they picked him up. George handled both jobs with distinction for another nine seasons."
He retired at age 48 after 26 years, but had a lot of down time along the way and/or was not a starter. He was primarily a kicker for the last nine years. I'm respectfully not buying what is being sold to me about Blanda on the issue of toughness.