"We certainly appreciate the support of the fans. My hat is off to all of you," Unitas said.
The Saints cut defensive end Otis Moore and fullback Cedric Smith to make room for safeties Brett Maxie and Gene Atkins for last night's game. Maxie and Atkins both ended lengthy holdouts this week.
The Saints also left six injured players in New Orleans along with another recent signee, cornerback Toi Cook.
Miami made one roster move before the game, activating fullback Tony Paige and waiving linebacker Andre Powell with an injury settlement.
The Dolphins left behind six injured starters: running back Mark Higgs, linebacker John Offerdahl, safety Jarvis Williams, wide receiver Mark Clayton, tackle Richmond Webb and cornerback Troy Vincent. Former Maryland tight end Ferrell Edmunds, who has played in only one preseason because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, stayed behind as well.
The entire family of Malcolm Glazer, one of Baltimore's three would-be owners of an expansion team, attended the game. Baltimore native and author Tom Clancy watched the game from his father's season-ticket seats. And the third ownership group, clothing magnate Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, movie-maker Barry Levinson and former Colt Joe Washington, were in a corporate tent before the game.
A $100,000 NFL Charities grant was presented to the Hurricane Andrew National disaster Relief Fund.
Robbie, president of the Dolphins and a member of the board of directors of NFL Charities, and Tom Benson, owner of the Saints, made the presentation to Larry Rank, chairman of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The grant will provide $50,000 in disaster relief to the residents of both the Miami and New Orleans areas.
Individuals can send donations to American Red Cross national Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. For credit card donations, call 800-842-2200.
The backs of their shirts
With apologies to David Letterman, but none to Robert Irsay, this T-shirt was for sale outside Memorial Stadium last night:
On the front:
"Late Night with Baltimore Football."
On the back:
1. Baltimore's fans deserve it.
2. World Series to spring training is too long.
3. A stadium as good as Oriole Park.
4. Real Baltimoreans can't root for the Redskins.
5. Sunday afternoon tailgate parties.
6. Stadium vendors need the business.
7. The Colt Marching Band is still together.
8. Hooters girls as cheerleaders.
10. Irsay s .