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Sun StaffJohn Unitas' importance in pro football history can't be emphasized enough. He was not only one of the game's all-time greatest quarterbacks, but also a central figure in the NFL's rise from relative obscurity to the nation's No. 1 sports obsession. When...
Sun StaffThey came to watch the cold war, to be fought at Memorial Stadium on an icy Sunday in late November 1958. On the field, Popsicle-hard at 2 o'clock, the high-flying Colts readied to play San Francisco, a team Baltimore had rarely beaten. At game time, the...
Sun StaffThey watched the Super Bowl flanked by family, friends and Fritos. Many former Baltimore Colts, some with championship rings themselves, celebrated quietly. But others, such as Jim Parker, said the Ravens' victory over the New York Giants made him feel...
Sun ColumnistThey were almost identical teams, with the same coaches and similar rosters, that had combined for what is referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played" the NFL's first overtime championship, which put pro football on a glittering run to record...
Sun StaffMourners said goodbye to John Unitas yesterday, evoking memories of a steely, Hall of Fame quarterback and a tender father who stayed close to his coal-shoveling roots. Cardinal William H. Keeler said he found "sanctity" in the man who threw footballs as...
Sun StaffThey watched the Ravens' football playoffs together, muffling their whoops in the hush of a hospital. Les Moore lay propped in bed in the critical care wing, more mindful of the TV than the IV in his arm. Beside him sat his father, Lenny, the Colts'...
RAYMOND BERRY was at the lectern, giving his fond eulogy for Johnny Unitas, when I looked up at the nearly 90-foot ceiling of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and had the strange, fleeting and irreverent vision of a football spiraling perfectly through the...
Sun StaffArt Donovan? A Cleveland Brown? It happened, in 1951. Donovan spent that summer in the Browns' training camp. Why Cleveland? Baltimore was between franchises in the NFL, and when the old Colts folded after the 1950 season, Donovan needed a job. He didn'...
Sun ColumnistGrowing up in the Baltimore suburbs was an occasion for Michael Flanagan to watch John Unitas from a seat in the stands and applaud his achievements. He finally met him, via a rather circuitous route, having to go to Indianapolis from his office in...
Sun ColumnistOCEAN CITY -- Personally, Gino Marchetti was passive, not at all interested in the spotlight and content to let performance convey his statement. Professionally, among historians of the game, he is the greatest defensive end the National Football...
Sun ColumnistThis was a homecoming for Raymond Berry, who was such a remarkable young man that some teammates, given to a torrent of profanity, would clean up their language when he approached. That was the ultimate sign of respect. Berry didn't "wear religion on his...
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