In 1965 when John Unitas developed a bad knee and his backup Gary Cuozzo had a shoulder separation, the team chose Tom Matte to fill in since he was the only Colt left who had ever played quarterback.
Because of his versatility, Tom Matte was selected by the National Football League as one of the 10 most versatile players of all time in the NFL. He was No. 10.
Tom Matte is included among the Gridiron Greats, honored by the Boy Scouts because he had been an Eagle Scout, and also received the Presidential award for his quarterbacking from President Richard Nixon.