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.
This video was put together by NFL Films after George Blanda passed away in 2010.