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Johnny Unitas

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Johnny Unitas is not only considered one of the greatest players in Baltimore football history, but also one of the greatest in the entire history of the game. He retired after an 18-year career as the NFL leader for passes attempted (5,186), completed (2,830), yards gained (40,239), most seasons with 3,000+ yards (3), most games with 300+ yards (26) and most TD passes (290). He passed away on Sept. 11, 2002, and was posthumously inducted into the Smyth Jewelers' Ravens Ring of Honor a little over a month later on Oct. 20. To further honor his impact on the game of football and recognize his importance to the city of Baltimore, Ravens owners Art Modell and Steve Bisciotti commissioned a bronze statue of Unitas' likeness to be placed in front of Gate A at M&T Bank Stadium in the re-named "Unitas Plaza."

Career Highlights

  • Set 22 records in 17 years with the Colts, including several NFL records for most consecutive seasons leading the NFL in TD passes (four) and most consecutive games with a scoring pass (47), which was one of sports' more remarkable feats
  • Named NFL MVP three times, played in a Colts-record 10 Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro from 1958-59, 1964-65 and 1967
  • Had a postseason completion percentage of 62.9 and gained 1,177 yards in championship play
  • Was the only Colt to play on the 1958, 1959 and 1970 championship teams
  • Was a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team

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