Sun archives: Raymond Berry

Sun coverage of former Baltimore Colts player Raymond Berry.

January 10, 2010

Berry's heart says Patriots, head says Ravens

Today, Raymond Berry will retreat to the den of his Tennessee home and - if his nine grandchildren will allow – watch the NFL playoff game between two places dear to his heart.

October 8, 2008

Ex-Colts connecting again

Look at the picture, taken in a dime-store photo booth in 1955. What do you see? A black-and-white snapshot of black and white buddies hanging out - in black-and-white, segregated times. They seem an odd pair. One wears a wide smile, a starched shirt and a bow tie. He glows with the naivete of Barney Fife. His friend, dressed casually, is smiling, too. But his is a weathered, worldly smile, a look born, perhaps, of the day. Both men, then Baltimore Colts rookies, would leave their mark on pro sports.

December 19, 2004

Game over, but no time to quit

Three weeks after hip surgery, the old Baltimore Colts center is off the injured list. Buzz Nutter is back at work.

September 18, 2002

Dan Rodricks: One last vision of a Unitas-to-Berry pass

RAYMOND BERRY was at the lectern, giving his fond eulogy for Johnny Unitas, when I looked up at the nearly 90-foot ceiling of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and had the strange, fleeting and irreverent vision of a football spiraling perfectly through the somber atmosphere, under the contemporary-Gothic buttresses, all the way from the back of the great place and through the main nave to the sanctuary.

January 30, 2001

Old Colts delight in Ravens' NFL title

They watched the Super Bowl flanked by family, friends and Fritos. Many former Baltimore Colts, some with championship rings themselves, celebrated quietly. But others, such as Jim Parker, said the Ravens' victory over the New York Giants made him feel and act like a kid again.

January 24, 2001

Glories of football past

Like a few thousand other Baltimore fans counting down the days to Super Bowl XXXV, Brian Cooper can't help feeling as if he's been here before.

December 10, 2000

Streak for the ages

It was only a 3-yard pass, hardly worth watching on a highlights film. John Unitas, the Colts' rookie quarterback, flipped the ball to his tight end, who fell into the end zone.

December 26, 1999

Colts-Giants II: Greatest letdown

They were almost identical teams, with the same coaches and similar rosters, that had combined for what is referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played" the NFL's first overtime championship, which put pro football on a glittering run to record popularity and acceptance.

December 27, 1998

Turning 40, game still has great hold

Every time Gino Marchetti takes a step, he remembers The Game. It was Dec. 28, 1958. Marchetti's Baltimore Colts were playing the New York Giants in what is now known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.

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.

June 25, 1993

As a player, person, ex-Colt Berry never was one to drop ball

This was a homecoming for Raymond Berry, who was such a remarkable young man that some teammates, given to a torrent of profanity, would clean up their language when he approached. That was the ultimate sign of respect.

April 26, 1993

Old Colts fan savors Unitas-to-Berry duo at academic banquet

Growing up in the Baltimore suburbs was an occasion for Michael Flanagan to watch John Unitas from a seat in the stands and applaud his achievements.

February 19, 1991

Berry, Colts great, named to coach QBs

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Raymond Berry, a Hall of Fame receiver and a Super Bowl coach, was hired yesterday as the Detroit Lions' new quarterbacks coach.

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