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George Blanda defined NFL 'veteran'

Updated: September 28, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

George Blanda's great gift to sports was that he made it cool to be old. The man was ahead of his time by one whole Brett Favre. He took the concept of "veteran" up a notch. He was No Fear before No Fear was something you could actually market.

Decades before Favre wrestled with his mortality in front of a slobbering sports nation, Blanda played football at 48 years old to what some would probably call sporadic fanfare. He just kept on going out there. Common sense said to quit. ...

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