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Johnny Unitas

Born: 1933-05-07 - Died: 2002-09-11
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack

Death Summary: Johnny Unitas died suddenly of a heart attack while working out in a physical therapy facility in Lutherville-Timonum, Maryland. He was 69.

This was the second heart attack for the former NFL quaterback, back in 1993 he had triple-bypass surgery after his first.

He is buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, Maryland.

Who was Johnny Unitas : Unitas played his college football at the University of Louisville, though this was not his first choice school. He was passed over by Notre Dame and Indiana. Pitt offered him a scholarship, but he failed the entrance exam.

After college Unitas went on to become a professional quaterback, spending most of his playing years with the Baltimore Colts.

He set many records and was voted the NFL's MVP in 1959, 1964, and 1967. His record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games (1956 - 1960) remains untouched today.

In the latter years of his life, Unitas finally got the meida to see to the many permanent physical disabilities that he and his fellow players suffered when football was in it's infancy, before suffecient padding and other key safety features had been invented.

The man nicknamed "The Golden Arm" and sometimes just simply called "Johnny U" is still considered to be one of the greatest quaterbacks of all time.
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  1. Monte Harper Says:

    Thanks for the memories Johnny. You were the best.

  2. Kenneth Day Says:

    You were as tough as nails and played the game like a real man. You set the example for the men coming after you both on and off the field

  3. James Gaulon Says:

    Thanks Johnny!! You made me a Colts Fan!! Since 1958!!

  4. Catherine Hartsell Says:

    I don’t really know who you were, but I am doing a buissness card for you. You’re cool. Lots of Luck up in Heaven.

  5. dale Wyqtt Says:

    the icon of quarter backs, all others will be measured against your achievements!

  6. Lyle Dunn Says:

    He was hands DOWN the best QB ever…and so much better than anyone playing today…the only QB close to him is another Colt..Peyton Manning

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  8. Philip Holbrook Says:

    I admired this man very much and he is my favorite quarterback of all time. I heard he was going to be at card show signing and I just had to go. I had to work that day and I never call in sick, unless I am deathly ill, but on that day I did. I drove about and hour and half and stood in line and paid $7 to get to meet him. I took his starting lineup figure and had him sign it, he was great, very nice man. I have over 400 sports figures, but this is one I value over all the rest. Thanks Johnny for your great play and your kindness to me that day. You left us too early.

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