Lot # 774: GEORGE BLANDA'S 1974 NFL MAN OF THE YEAR TROPHY (BLANDA COLLECTION)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



In 1974, the late, great George Blanda was named NFL Man of the Year. By that time, he was one of only two players to play in four different decades, having begun his 26-year career in 1949. His versatility as a quarterback, placekicker and punter was a throwback to early gridiron legends like Jim Thorpe. On the field, he led his teams to three AFL Championships, won AFL MVP in 1961, AP Player of the Year in 1970, and set many passing and kicking records along the way. Off the field, he was a kind, fun-loving family man who gave back to his community and did a lot of charity work.

The NFL Man of the Year (now known as the Walter Payton Man of the Year) is awarded annually to the NFL player whose volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field, are nationally recognized and make a significant impact in their community. After Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died in 1999 (having been the 1977 recipient himself), the award was renamed to honor his legacy as a humanitarian. The honoree is selected among 32 nominees from 32 different teams.

The Gladiator-esque bronze statue, created by renowned sculptor Daniel Schwartz, weighs a hefty 47 lbs. and stands 18” tall atop a 7” by 7” by 2 1/2” marble base. Mounted on the front of this massive award is a plaque engraved with “1974 DODGE NFL MAN OF THE YEAR - GEORGE BLANDA”. Showing very minimal surface wear from age, this statue award is a fitting tribute to the longest tenured AFL/NFL player in history. A nicely matted and framed 9” by 12” black and white photograph of Blanda accepting this very award accompanies the piece.

LOA from the Blanda Family.