He arrived in Baltimore in 1979, a graying quarterback with scarred knees and muted expectations. A second-stringer, the Colts’ Greg Landry would be.
So what happened? Starter Bert Jones got hurt, Landry took the reins and the man his teammates called “Pops” passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his most prolific NFL season.
“I threw more that year [457 attempts] than ever,” Landry, 70, said from his home in Troy, Mich. “With the Colts, I knew I could still contribute, but that I probably wouldn’t play much because of Bert [the 1976 NFL Most Valuable Player].”
When Jones went down with a shoulder injury, Landry stepped up, ran the offense and threw for 2,932...