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June 21, 1919|
September 16, 1968 (aged 49)|
Ernest Elmer "Ernie" Blandin (June 21, 1919 – September 16, 1968) was a professional American football tackle who played six seasons for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts in the National Football League and All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Blandin was a standout as a tackle at Tulane University and earned All-America honors in 1941, his senior year. Blandin was drafted to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he instead joined the military and served in the Pacific theater of World War II. Upon his discharge, he signed with the Browns of the AAFC and played on the team for two seasons. The Browns won the league championship in both of those years. Blandin was then sent to the Colts, where he remained through the 1950 season. He played one more year of professional football in 1953.
College career[edit | edit source]
Blandin attended Tulane University and played for the Tulane Green Wave football team between 1939 and 1941. He was part of an offensive line that was one of the largest in the country at the time: the linemen averaged 214 pounds. Blandin was named a consensus All-American after the 1941 season.
Blandin was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1942 NFL Draft, but he delayed a professional football career to join the U.S. Navy as America's involvement in World War II intensified. Blandin served in the Pacific theater, spending a year in the Marshall Islands and three months in Hawaii.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
After the war, Blandin signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1946 as the team geared up to play its first season in the All-America Football Conference. He rotated at left tackle with Chet Adams in 1946 and 1947. The Browns won the AAFC championship both of those years. By early 1948, the league was looking for ways to distribute talent more evenly across its teams, and several Browns players, including Blandin, were sent to the Baltimore Colts to help the struggling team. Paul Brown, Cleveland's coach, called Blandin "one of my best men" and insisted that the AAFC's commissioner, Admiral Jonas H. Ingram, tell Blandin that the move was Ingram's decision.
Blandin played at left tackle for the Colts until 1950, when the team ceased to exist. He left football before returning for one additional season in 1953 with a newly re-formed Colts team.
Later life and death[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Tulane Boasts 'Sweet' Backs but Green Line". New Orleans. September 19, 1942. p. 14. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lExPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bk0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7290,3337648&dq=ernie+blandin&hl=en. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Tulane Football All-Americans". Tulane University. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6BDNN3lGr?url=http://www.tulanegreenwave.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071703aaa.html. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Kreeger, Mortimer (September 14, 1941). "Red Dawson Has Team Of Giants". p. 10. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=btQ-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=uUwMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6391,543577&dq=ernie+blandin&hl=en. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- King, Steve. "Many Browns wore different uniforms". Cleveland Browns. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6BDNSemIJ?url=http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-1/Many-Browns-wore-different-uniforms/6425b506-b949-4490-b036-304e26339ec2. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Ernie Blandin NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6BDNZ1DVw?url=http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BlanEr20.htm. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- Coughlin 2010, p. 162.
- Piascik 2007, pp. 64, 81.
- Steadman 1997, pp. 88–89.
- Steadman 1997, p. 89.
- "Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame". Allstate Sugar Bowl. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6BDNdDKYR?url=http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org/site64.php. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Coughlin, Dan (2010). Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It: Stories About the Most Unusual, Eccentric and Outlandish People I've Known in 45 Years As a Sports Journalist. Cleveland: Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-068-3.
- Piascik, Andy (2007). The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-571-6.
- Steadman, John F. (1997). From Colts to Ravens : A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Baltimore Professional Football. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87033-497-9.
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