32 Facts About Johnny Unitas

1. Johnny Unitas supported the Baltimore Ravens and is part of their Ring of Honor.

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2. Johnny Unitas handed a ball to Alan Ameche, who scored against the New York Giants.

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3. Johnny Unitas began the 1956 season on the bench behind starter George Shaw, but that arrangement didn't last long.

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4. Johnny Unitas was right to hang with it in the sticks for a season, though.

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5. Johnny Unitas took construction and steel work jobs around Pittsburgh to make ends meet while playing QB for a local semipro team, the Bloomfield Rams.

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6. Johnny Unitas was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1973, his last season.

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7. Johnny Unitas was thrust into the starting role after the Colt's quarterback broke his leg during the fourth game of Unitas's rookie season.

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8. Johnny Unitas excelled in football at St Justin's High School in Pittsburgh, but his slight stature prevented him from earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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9. In 1979, Johnny Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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10. Johnny Unitas had business interests in central Florida as well, including a restaurant and real estate.

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11. Johnny Unitas held other NFL records when he retired: most seasons passing for more than 3000 yards,; most games passing for 300 yards or more, (27); most touchdowns thrown, (290).

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12. Johnny Unitas played his last game as a Colt on December 3, 1972, after which he was benched and traded to the San Diego Chargers.

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13. Johnny Unitas had to play injured, as he often did throughout his career.

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14. Johnny Unitas was given a tryout by the Colts, and signed to a contract as a back-up to their quarterback, George Shaw.

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15. Johnny Unitas moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey and found work on construction sites, primarily as a pile driver.

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16. In 1958, Johnny Unitas led his team to a championship in the first overtime and first nationally-televised game in the NFL.

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17. Johnny Unitas hit Berry with 3 straight passes to take the Colts down to the 13 yard line.

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18. At the age of 21 on November 20, 1954, Johnny Unitas married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle; they lived in Towson and had five children before divorcing.

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19. Johnny Unitas lived most of the final years of his life severely hobbled.

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20. Johnny Unitas actively lobbied for another NFL team to come to Baltimore.

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21. Johnny Unitas donated his Colts memorabilia to the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore; they are now on display in the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

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22. Johnny Unitas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

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23. Johnny Unitas finished his 18 NFL seasons with 2,830 completions in 5,186 attempts for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns, with 253 interceptions.

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24. Johnny Unitas was then replaced by rookie quarterback, future Hall-of-Famer Dan Fouts.

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25. Johnny Unitas came onto the field, and threw two passes, one of which was a long touchdown to wide receiver Eddie Hinton which would be his last pass as a Colt.

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26. Johnny Unitas threw for 390 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in AFC playoff victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders.

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27. Johnny Unitas would spend most of the season sitting on the bench.

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28. Johnny Unitas continued his prowess in 1958 passing for 2,007 yards and 19 touchdowns as the Colts won the Western Conference title.

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29. Johnny Unitas was slowed by so many injuries his senior year his 527 passing yards ended second to Jim Houser's 560.

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30. Johnny Unitas completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

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31. Johnny Unitas was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL's most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967.

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32. Johnny Unitas spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts.

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