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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 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...
  • Notebook: Ravens fans flock to Pro Football Hall of Fame for Ogden's induction

    Notebook: Ravens fans flock to Pro Football Hall of Fame for Ogden's induction
    Ravens fan Robert Radawiec moved to Cleveland a decade ago, but he had never made the 45-minute drive to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That changed this weekend not only for him, but for so many other Ravens fans who descended on this northeastern Ohio...
  • Gilman squeezes by Good Counsel 20-14 in ESPN High School Football Kickoff Classic

    Gilman squeezes by Good Counsel 20-14 in ESPN High School Football Kickoff Classic
    With 21 freshmen and sophomores on his roster, Gilman coach Biff Poggi expected some growing pains and the Greyhounds sure felt them early in last night's season-opener against Good Counsel. The Falcons took a 14-0 lead in a little over three minutes...
  • Towson using 2012 postseason snub as motivation for 2013

    Towson using 2012 postseason snub as motivation for 2013
    Nov. 18, 2012 will not be remembered fondly by Rob Ambrose. That was the day the Towson football coach's worst fears were confirmed when the NCAA selection committee did not invite the program to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs despite...
  • The Sun Remembers: Sept. 1-7

    The Sun Remembers: Sept. 1-7
    Sept. 2, 1999: Relieved? You bet, Cal Ripken Jr. says after hitting the 400th home run of his career in the Orioles' 11-6 over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. "It's a little bit of pressure off me," says Ripken, 39, who gets two curtain calls at Oriole Park....
  • Catching Up With former Baltimore Colts lineman Dan Sullivan

    Catching Up With former Baltimore Colts lineman Dan Sullivan
    Forty-five years later, Dan Sullivan can still hear his Colts teammate's declaration prior to the 1968 NFL championship game in Cleveland. "I'm going home Sunday," said running back Tom Matte, who hailed from Cleveland, "so don't you S.O.B's embarrass...