Sun archives: John Mackey

John Mackey

John Mackey played tight end for the Baltimore Colts from 1963-1971 and was a member of the championship team from Super Bowl V. During his time in Baltimore, Mackey revolutionized the tight end position and became one of Johnny Unitas' favorite passing targets. Mackey finished his career with 331 receptions for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was a three-time NFL All-Pro selection and made five Pro-Bowls. Mackey was voted into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, becoming the second pure tight end to enter the hall. (Baltimore Sun photo by Jerry Jackson / August 28, 2003)

Sun coverage of former Baltimore Colts player John Mackey.

January 29, 2007

David Steele: Another Colt in No. 88 jersey is more injustice for Mackey

Old-time Baltimore football fans weren't the only ones who thought there was something strange about the sight of No. 88 on the Colts.

December 27, 2005

Rick Maese: NFL neglect of Mackey belongs in hall of shame

Just the other day, John had to be picked up early from the day care center. He had found some candy, and then he went roaming through cabinets looking for some more. At some point, others saw what John had and then they wanted some candy, too. Only John didn't want to share.

November 23, 2003

A Trailblazer's New Path

Sylvia Mackey noticed the first ominous signs seven years ago. Her husband cashed a $10,000 check he inexplicably was carrying in his wallet, then gave half of the money to an acquaintance he hadn't seen in four decades.

October 21, 2002

Unitas statue unveiled at ceremony honoring Colts Hall of Fame players

Ravens Stadium got the Unitas touch yesterday, from the 13-foot statue of John Unitas to a ring of honor induction for Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers to an eloquent halftime address by the late quarterback's wife.

October 5, 2002

Ravens to honor Unitas, ex-Colts

Forever embedded in the city's football history, John Unitas and his fellow Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts will now become permanent parts of Ravens Stadium.

January 22, 2001

Ride to Tampa bumpy, wild

The love affair between an old, historic NFL city and its new professional football team has been rekindled in the 2000 season.

January 12, 1999

Lifetime guarantee; Jets-Colts

"I guarantee it."

September 2, 1996

Leaving the past behind Redemption:

As the curtain went up on Baltimore's new NFL act, the characters who had played roles in the 13-year drama of political intrigue and financial largesse were spread from the upper decks of Memorial Stadium to the beaches of France.

September 1, 1996

Colts earned special place in city's heart

Passion persisted until the end, 35 years of emotional ties to a team and its memories that elevated the Baltimore Colts to a position of being a civic heirloom. It may never happen again because the business of football has changed -- unions, agents, multimillion-dollar contracts for players, and long-established franchises that have forsaken traditional values for a better deal elsewhere.

December 11, 1992

Agreement necessary, Mackey says

With NFL players and owners reaching an agreement in principle on a collective bargaining agreement, Hall of Famer John Mackey wonders what took them so long to realize that waging war is a losing proposition.

August 28, 1992

Mackey skips post office, gets Hall of Fame ring

John Mackey, the former Colts great who was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month, received his ring at halftime of the Miami Dolphins- New Orleans Saints preseason game last night at Memorial Stadium.

August 28, 1992

Ex-Colt Mackey is asked to join Clancy's ownership group

Tom Clancy has asked Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer John Mackey to join his NFL investment group, giving Baltimore two ownership groups with the potential of providing the league with its first black owner.

August 2, 1992

Mackey leads unconventional Hall class

CANTON, Ohio -- Defensive players never saw much humor in John Mackey. If he didn't punish them at the line of scrimmage with one of his blocks, he pounded them farther downfield after catching a pass from quarterback Johnny Unitas.

August 1, 1992

Mackey, from Colts' glory days, to take place among greats today

John Mackey will span two eras of Baltimore football this month.

January 27, 1992

For ex-Colt Mackey, Hall was worth the wait

An autograph-seeker approached John Mackey, the 10th former Baltimore Colt to achieve the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He obliged, adding his jersey number, 88, and a team identity -- Colts.

January 26, 1992

Ex-Colt Mackey leads rebellious class into Hall

When the door to Pro Football's Hall of Fame finally swung open for John Mackey yesterday, the former Baltimore Colts great found rich irony in the knowledge that Al Davis would be joining him.

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