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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnny Unitas John Constantine Unitas (Johnny U) Position: QB Throws: Right 6-1 , 194lb (185cm, 87kg) Born: May 7 in Pittsburgh, PA More bio, uniform, draft, salary info Hall of Fame 10x Pro Bowl 5x All-Pro 1x SB Champ 3x NFL Champ 3x AP MVP 3x UPI MVP 2x NEA MVP HOF All-1960s Team 3x Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year) 3x SN PoY
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.