Always keep in mind that many quarterbacks have been compared to Johnny Unitas, yet he is never compared to anyone else.
-Bob Straub, Cleveland
I play with the Baltimore City Pipe Band and every year we played at the Golden Arm on St. Patrick's Day when Johnny owned it. He always made it a point to visit with us when we were on a break.
He really was a regular guy who did great things. He made everyone feel comfortable.
-Ed McFarland, Baltimore
The untimely passing of John Unitas should serve as the impetus for the Maryland Stadium Authority and the City of Baltimore to ensure lasting recognition of four men who are such an indelible part of the Baltimore region's social fabric.
I suggest the following steps:
1. Rename Oriole Park at Camden Yards as Brooks Robinson Park.
2. Rename Ravens Stadium as John Unitas Stadium.
3. Rename the portion of Eutaw Street south of Pratt Street as Chuck Thompson Way.
4. Name the combined baseball/football downtown facilities as The William Donald Schaefer Sports Complex at Camden Yards.
-David Robinette, Pasadena
The Ravens have a golden opportunity to show us that there is a much more important side to professional sports than money. Although the naming rights to stadiums are worth millions to NFL team owners, there is little doubt that Johnny Unitas deserves to be permanently memorialized in the city of Baltimore by naming the stadium after him.
By taking such an action, the Ravens can reclaim the integrity of professional sports, which Major League Baseball nearly destroyed once and for all this past summer.
-Scott Appelbaum, Catonsville
Johnny Unitas was and always will mean Baltimore pro football.
On a team of greats, Johnny U., above all, personified the Baltimore Colts, and he gave his heart and support to the Baltimore Ravens during the good times and the bad.
Today, pro football has come to mean big business and big money, but to dedicated players of the game and to the fans, it is first of all about heart - the heart to play hard and well, and the heart to never give up on the home team.
Johnny Unitas' great heart has been suddenly stilled, but his spirit and heart live on in his city of Baltimore, and among football fans everywhere.
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