Ex-Colt Jim Mutscheller

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September 08, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Jim Mutscheller will be watching the Ravens Monday night. He also makes it to most home games.

Mutscheller, 77, is a veteran of the Greatest Game Ever Played, the Baltimore Colts' 23-17 overtime win over the New York Giants for the 1958 NFL championship. When Baltimore got to the New York eight-yard line in overtime, the first play was a one-yard run by Alan Ameche, the second a six-yard Johnny Unitas pass to Mutscheller -- and the third, Ameche's run across the goal line and into football glory.

Mutscheller, a Notre Dame University graduate and Marine, played tight end for the Colts from 1954 to 1961.

He never retired and works five days a week at his Hunt Valley life insurance and pension business, a job he has held since his days in the blue-and-white uniform.

He had knee replacement surgery eight years ago and had a shoulder replaced three years ago.

These days he enjoys going out to dinner with his wife of nearly 52 years, Joan, whom he calls Pert. The couple often dines at restaurants in the York and Padonia area with teammates and their wives -- Artie and Dottie Donovan, Alex and Mary Sandusky. Sometimes Colts' orthopedic surgeon Edmond McDonnell and his wife, Chris, join this party, too. And so does Ordell Braase.

Mutscheller, a Timonium resident, remains an unabashed Baltimore booster.

"It's better than people realize it is," he says.

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