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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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  • Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston
    Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston checks in for an offseason edition of his Q&A, answering your questions about the Ravens. You often talk about the watered-down level of the players because of the 32 teams that now operate in the NFL. what is the...
  • William K. McCardell, USF&G executive

    William K. McCardell, USF&G executive
    William Kenneth "Mac" McCardell, a retired United States Fidelity and Guaranty insurance executive and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure March 31 at the Stella Maris Rehabilitation Center. The Mays Chapel resident was 92. Born in...
  • Morrall, who led Colts to 1969 Super Bowl, dies

    Morrall, who led Colts to 1969 Super Bowl, dies
    Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas during the 1968 season and was named the league's Most Valuable Player for leading the Colts to the Super Bowl, died on Friday in Florida. He was 79. Morrall played 21 pro...
  • Earl Morrall dies at 79; key NFL backup quarterback

    Earl Morrall was the NFL's answer to a brilliant Broadway understudy. He left his mark on NFL history by stepping in for two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks — Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and Bob Griese in Miami — and turning in a string of...
  • Art Donovan wasn't from here, but he epitomized Baltimore

    Art Donovan wasn't from here, but he epitomized Baltimore
    There was a message left on the office phone one cold night in 2001, but the caller didn't leave his name. It was just an old raspy voice wanting to say hi. I recognized the voice because I had heard him talk several hundred times, so I called him...
  • Dr. J documentary to bring back memories of greatness

    Dr. J documentary to bring back memories of greatness
    Julius Erving, the great "Dr. J," had the biggest hand of any athlete I've ever shook hands with. If you care about these things, Michael Jordan was No. 2 on that list. And John Unitas, the iconic Baltimore Colts quarterback, was No. 3. No, I'm not a...
  • Both with winning seasons, Ravens and Orioles offer rare celebration for city fans

    Both with winning seasons, Ravens and Orioles offer rare celebration for city fans
    When the Ravens rolled to their second Super Bowl victory, fending off the San Francisco 49ers in the final seconds of the game, the storylines that defined an improbable season all found happy endings. Ray Lewis carried the Lombardi Trophy into the...
  • Joe Flacco has become a star despite derision of Baltimore media

    Joe Flacco has become a star despite derision of Baltimore media
    Mike Preston has taken every chance to knock Joe Flacco since he was drafted five seasons ago ("Ravens shouldn't overreact when it's time to pay Flacco" Feb. 25). He says it's not him, it's Jacoby Jones or Anquan Boldin who made the plays. Joe has to have...
  • Joe Flacco joins the 20-interception club

    Joe Flacco joins the 20-interception club
    Believe it or not, Joe Flacco joined select company in 2013, doing something that all-time greats such as John Elway, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all did at least once in their career. Heck, even the great Johnny Unitas pulled it off, but...
  • For Towson football, a long journey to respectability

    For Towson football, a long journey to respectability
    In trying to sum up the past five years, Rob Ambrose thought back to his introductory press conference as Towson University's football coach. "I said, 'If we hadn't won some ball games by year three, I hope they had [a] good furniture budget, because...
  • The Sun Remembers: Jan. 5-11

    The Sun Remembers: Jan. 5-11
    Jan. 9, 2002: Fourth-ranked Maryland clears its bench in a 112-79 rout of North Carolina before a sellout crowd at Cole Field House. Juan Dixon leads the Terps (12-2), who accumulate the most points ever scored against the Tar Heels (5-7). Jan. 7, 2001:...