It was, Rex Kern said, the day he was accepted as a Baltimore Colt. A first-year defensive back in 1971, Kern was approached after practice at training camp in Westminster by quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall.
“Hey, rookie, want to stay and work out with us?” they asked. Kern obliged. Finished, they invited him to accompany them to O’s and Ginny’s, a tavern down the road where the Super Bowl champs hung out.
Kern agreed, but then thought better. After all, he didn’t drink.
“I thought, ‘Oh my, gosh, I don’t want to go there,’ ” he said. “So I showered real quick, grabbed my playbook, ran outside and hid in the bushes, hoping they wouldn’t see me.