Who are the top players in Baltimore football history?

No game is bigger for a Baltimore NFL fan than Colts vs. Ravens. With Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, and the Colts holding a six-game winning streak in the series, we thought we'd look at the best players to grace Baltimore uniforms, either Colts or Ravens. Since the Ravens are still waiting for their first player who predominantly wore purple and black throughout his career to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was much easier to come up with Colts. Begin the debate. We're sure we left somebody out.

1. John Unitas: The greatest quarterback to play the game. Father of the two-minute drill led the Colts to two NFL championships and defeated the New York Giants in 1958 for the title in what has been dubbed "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

2. Ray Lewis: The master of mayhem for 14 years in the middle of the Ravens' defense. A tackling machine in his prime, with the ability to change games by himself. Revered around the league and willing mentor to all who seek his advice.

Gino Marchetti


Lenny Moore

Raymond Berry


6. Jim Parker: His crushing blocks launched Moore's runs and saved Unitas' skin. He made All-Pro eight straight times - four at guard and four at tackle - and started 139 consecutive games.

John Mackey

9. Ed Reed: An improvisational wizard in the secondary with an uncanny ability to decipher plays at the snap based on his film study. The Ravens' all-time interception leader, the gifted safety has scored touchdowns off interceptions, punt returns, blocked punts and fumble returns.

10. Art Donovan: Anchored the Colts' storied defensive line of the 1950s for nine years. "On trap plays he has no equal," coach Weeb Ewbank said of No. 70, the first Baltimore player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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- Mike Klingaman and Ken Murray

Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna / Nov. 22, 1999

A previous version of this article misstated the final score of the 1971 Super Bowl. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.