Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Big Ben Davidson passes away

autographed 1967 topps ben davidson

#116 – Ben Davidson

Former Raiders coach John Madden broke the news on KCBS radio this morning that Ben Davidson, former Raiders defensive end, passed away this morning from prostate cancer.

You can find the story HERE

An AFL Legend: George Blanda

Some of the early success of the AFL can be attributed to players with previous NFL experience who signed on with the new league and helped lend immediate leadership on the field.  George Blanda was one of those players.  Formerly a quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Blanda had been out of football for a year when the AFL began in 1960.  After being courted by several teams, Blanda signed with Houston and promptly led the Oilers to AFL championships in 1960 and 1961.  He eventually left the Oilers, but again reestablished himself, this time as a kicker and back-up quarterback with the Oakland Raiders.  Blanda was the AFL Most Valuable Player in 1961, a three-time AFL champion, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. read more