A player who wouldn't leave
Some athletes, like fine wines, require a little aging before savoring the sweet smell of success. George Blanda's vintage became legendary in a pro football career that extended longer than anyone's did.
Coached by legends, Blanda eventually became a star in his 30s. Then he turned his back on time, competing until he was 48 in a sport dominated by younger, stronger, faster players.
Bear Bryant, his coach at the University of Kentucky in the late 1940s, told his first pro coach, George ...
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