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Johnny Unitas

John Constantine Unitas played quarterback for 18 seasons in the National Football League.

Unitas, also affectionately known as "Johnny U," was a member of the Baltimore Colts for 17 years, and he finished his career with the San Diego Chargers. Unitas threw for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns in his career.

Uniats was born on May 7, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died on Sept. 11, 2002, in Timonium, Md. Towson University's football stadium is named in honor of Unitas.
John Constantine Unitas played quarterback for 18 seasons in the National Football League.

Unitas, also affectionately known as "Johnny U," was a member of the Baltimore Colts for 17 years, and he finished his career with the San Diego Chargers. Unitas threw for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns in his career.

Uniats was born on May 7, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died on Sept. 11, 2002, in Timonium, Md. Towson University's football stadium is named in honor of Unitas.
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  • QB giants, Colts stars

    QB giants, Colts stars
    The question still makes Peyton Manning wince, many years and countless times since it first was asked. The comparison to a legend who wore the familiar blue-and-white uniform, with the trademark horseshoe on the helmet, remains an uncomfortable topic for...
  • '07's oral report

    "She looked at me with this look, like, 'Mom, are you dumb or what?' She said, 'These are my friends. I want to be with them.'" Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic...
  • Shula's fateful loss

    Shula's fateful loss
    If the Baltimore Colts had not lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, this season's New England Patriots probably would be all alone in chasing undefeated glory. That's because the seeds of the NFL's only unbeaten team in the Super Bowl era - the...
  • For many, a decade to forget. In Baltimore, moments to remember.

    For many, a decade to forget. In Baltimore, moments to remember.
    What do we call this decade? The Ohs? If you say that out loud it sounds like a certain baseball team. The Aughts? What's an aught? In a practical but infinitely more gloomy choice, Time magazine settled on "The Decade from Hell." And maybe it was. A new...
  • Changing of the sports hero guard

    As fireworks erupted, we stood with tears of pride as Baltimore's blue-eyed home-run hitter took his last lap around the bases. Cal Ripken Jr. retired from baseball in the autumn of 2001, after 21 seasons and 3,001 games. With his charming combination of...
  • Ranking the top 10 sports stories of the past decade

    Ranking the top 10 sports stories of the past decade
    Did the past decade really go by this fast? Wasn't it just yesterday when the parade celebrating the Ravens' Super Bowl victory rolled through downtown with 200,000 packed in along the route? Maybe it just seems like it because the Ravens teased us last...
  • Baltimore Sun readers recall the Colts' move to Indianapolis

    "From 1972 to 1983 I was part of the Baltimore Colts Radio team. At WCBM, I produced and directed the Baltimore Colts football play-by-play broadcast for the 40-station Colts Radio network. Before all games, home and away, I hosted the "Coaches Corner," a...
  • Good riddance

    Good riddance
    March 29, 1984, remains the most infamous day in Baltimore sports history. Ask longtime residents about it and they'll practically spit the words "Irsay" and "Mayflower." As the moving trucks rolled out in the snow that morning, they carried away the...
  • Summer's Calling: Master of beer and memorabilia

    Summer's Calling: Master of beer and memorabilia
    It's 30 minutes before game time at Camden Yards, and Greg Schwalenberg peers out at the vast expanse of empty green seats. He grimaces. "What kind of crowd are they expecting?" he asks a nearby usher. "Let's see, 10,000," the man replies. "It's been...
  • Missing Unitas: 5 years later, his city has changed, but love remains

    Missing Unitas: 5 years later, his city has changed, but love remains
    It's been five years since he left us. Five years since his heart stopped at age 69, an act that, even now, feels much bigger than a man's physical death. It was dubbed the end of an era by a thousand scribes, but that barely scratched the surface. It...
  • Lifelong service to pro football should land Modell spot in Hall

    NEW ORLEANS -- If Ravens owner Art Modell is not selected for Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, it would be an affront to the man, the game and the NFL. He deserves to be enshrined as much as any player or other administrator/owner, including Tex...
  • Colts great 'blocked out the sun' and rushers, too

    His crushing blocks launched Lenny Moore's runs and saved John Unitas' skin. Jim Parker, the Hall of Famer who anchored the Baltimore Colts' offensive line during the club's glory years, died yesterday of congestive heart failure and kidney disease at...