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Ex-Colt Joe Don Looney earned his name

Ex-Colt Joe Don Looney earned his name

Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore. Today’s oddball, No. 7, is former Baltimore Colts running back-punter Joe Don Looney, who played for the team in 1964. The name fit. Once, having boomed a punt in practice, Joe Don Looney put his hands on his hips, raised his head and shouted, "How do you like that one, God?" An All-American from Oklahoma, Looney was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants who,...