"We took the crossbar to my house in Northwest Baltimore, cut it up and sold it. I kept a 2-foot piece, painted it blue, added the score of the game and got a bunch of the players to sign it."

In the winners' locker room, Weeb Ewbank, the Colts' frumpy little coach, waxed eloquent about his team's late rally.

"Once the snowball started rolling, there was no stopping it," he told reporters.

"Isn't it great?" rasped Art Donovan, the beefy defensive tackle. "The Giants shot their mouths off all week. But we played the football."

Vice President Richard M. Nixon stopped in to slap some backs and proclaim the game "the best I have ever seen."

As Nixon left, a fan shouted, "We'll give you a ticket [for the 1960 election] - Unitas and Nixon."

"If you can do that," the vice president replied, "we'll let Unitas call the signals."

Afterward, the Colts quarterback was as nonplussed as ever.

"Even when we fell behind, I wasn't worried," said Unitas, who was sacked seven times. "I figured we'd get a couple more touchdowns."

For the second straight year, Unitas won the game's Most Valuable Player award - another $4,200 red Corvette. The first one, he confessed, he had traded in.

"But we still have our '57 Chevy," Unitas said.

That night, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom threw a team party at the Sheraton Belvedere. Afterward, as he was driving home to Annapolis, guard Alex Sandusky was pulled over by a patrol car.

Fumbling for his driver's license, Sandusky asked, "Would you give a Baltimore Colt player a ticket after we just won the world championship?"

The cop thought a moment.

"Aw, get out of here," he said.

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