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  1. John Constantine Unitas ( / juːˈnaɪtəs /; [a] May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons, primarily with the Baltimore Colts. Following a career that spanned from 1956 to 1973, he has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

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  2. Johnny Unitas, byname of John Constantine Unitas, also called Johnny U, (born May 7, 1933, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died September 11, 2002, Timonium, Maryland), American professional gridiron football player who is considered to be one of the all-time greatest National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks.

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    Few, if any, sports stories are more dramatic or more complete than the story of Johnny Unitas. A ninth-round draft choice of the1955 Pittsburgh Steelers, Unitas was cut before he even threw one pass in a game. Still determined, he played semi-pro football for $6 a game.

    After the season, the Baltimore Colts coach Weeb Ewbank learned of the \\"outstanding prospect\\" on the Pittsburgh sandlots. Ewbank signed Johnny for $17,000 on a make the team basis. Programmed strictly as a backup, Unitas got his chance in the fourth game when the Colts starter was injured.

    Unitas first pass was intercepted for a touchdown but from that moment on, he never looked back. For the next 18 seasons, \\"Johnny U'' ran up a ledger of game winning exploits seldom matched in NFL history.

    Without a doubt, it was his last-second heroics in the 1958 NFL title game, often called \\"the greatest game ever played,\\" that turned Unitas into a household name. The New York Giants, with two minutes to play, were leading, 17-14, when the Colts started a last-gasp drive at their own 14. Mr. Clutch went coolly to work with seven straight passes ...

    Unitas career statistics include 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns passing. His record of at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games stood for more than 50 years. A genuine team player, Unitas was a first- or second-team All-NFL choice eight years, selected NFL Player of the Year three times, and named to10 Pro Bowls.

  3. Jun 29, 2020 · Unitas passed away on September 11, 2002, at age 69 due to a heart attack while working out at a physical therapy center in Baltimore. Unitas has a lasting legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats. Still, his life after his professional career was battered by physical ailments that didn’t allow him to live a healthy fruitful retirement.

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    Johnny Unitas (1933–2002) Actor + Add or change photo on IMDbPro » Johnny Unitas played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville (1951-54), passing for 3,007 yards and 27 touchdowns. Unitas, who wore No. 19 as a professional, had his No. 16 collegiate uniform retired at Louisville, the only number retired by the Cardinals.

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  5. Johnny Unitas played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville (1951-54), passing for 3,007 yards and 27 touchdowns. Unitas, who wore No. 19 as a professional, had his No. 16 collegiate uniform retired at Louisville, the only number retired by the Cardinals.

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