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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
Although many Johnny Unitas plays are seared in Baltimore's collective memory, the NFL is betting folks might want a refresher. The organization has introduced a collectible it's calling the Keepr. People plug it into their computer and can revel in 45 minutes of Johnny U's greatest moments. There's also photos, interviews and stats. “The Keepr creates an experience that's like visiting the Hall of Fame for each player, right from your computer,” former Colts running back Tom Matte, who played with Unitas, said in a statement.
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By Peter Schmuck | September 4, 2014
Not sure what the over-under line was on the length of Ray Lewis's speech after the Ravens unveiled his statue on Thursday morning at M&T Bank Stadium, but no one was complaining after he talked for 31 minutes about his life, his family, his career and his teammates. Lewis has always been a great orator, so it was just a matter of striking the right balance between honoring his own legacy and honoring the other people who contributed to it. He did that well, recognizing important family members and pivotal figures in his career among the large group of invited guests that included the family of Johnny Unitas, olympian Michael Phelps and the mother of former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2012
She shares his surname, athleticism and demeanor, those who know her say. But Jillian Unitas, 22, is determined to blaze her own trail in the sports world, apart from that set by her late grandfather. Unitas, media manager for this weekend's Grand Prix of Baltimore, is kin to Johnny Unitas, former Baltimore Colts quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer. It's a badge she wears proudly - but with care. "I've never wanted to disappoint my last name, so I put a lot of pressure on myself," said Unitas, of Baldwin, who graduated from Flagler College (Fla.)
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
For most of Ray Lewis' 17-year NFL career, his face - eyes burning, mouth bellowing exhortations - was the face of the Ravens. Johnny Unitas' flinty gaze and stooped shoulders had symbolized pro football for earlier generations of Baltimore fans, and Lewis followed in the great quarterback's footsteps, becoming an icon for the new era of purple and black ardor. The Ravens made that association official Thursday morning, unveiling a bronze statue of the retired linebacker only a few feet from the statue of Unitas that greets visitors outside M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
This year's Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House offers not only a look at the latest interior design trends but also a peek into the Timonium home of quarterback great Johnny Unitas. Unitas lived in the five-bedroom house on Timonium Road from 1971, when the he led the Colts to an AFC title match against the Miami Dolphins, until 1988, when he moved to a farm in northern Baltimore County. Unitas died in 2002. His widow, Sandy; daughter, Paige; and son, Chad, and other members of his family, will cut the ribbon to open the show house on April 28, giving visitors the chance see rooms decorated by some of the region's premier designers.
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By Loni Ingraham | April 22, 2013
With its commanding view of roof tops and tree tops stretching endlessly north, Legend Hill in Timonium is similar to most previous show houses in that it is old and stately. Legend Hill, off Timonium Road, is named for legendary Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas, who owned the house from 1971 to 1987. "That's what women come to see," Carolyn Stadfeld, design chair for the Baltimore Symphony Associates, which produces the annual fundraiser, said. And they come in droves, more than 8,000 people, unstymied by age or infirmity. Some people come in wheelchairs and walkers with their daughters and granddaughters to help them through, Stadfeld said.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
The kid's name was Chase, and the driver knew he'd be trouble from the second he set foot on the school bus. "He was a sixth-grader, a little rebel," said Eddie Hinton, aka "Mr. Eddie" to the children. "I decided to try and change that. " One morning, as Chase climbed aboard, Hinton declared, "I'm going to make you my friend. " Chase shrugged and moved on. "When he sat down, the kid next to him whispered, 'You know, Mr. Eddie played in the Super Bowl,' " Hinton said. Chase glanced first at the aging driver, then at the 1970 championship ring on his hand.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | December 18, 1992
You don't hear the phrase the "man of the family" anymore. It's gone the way of Girl Friday and other remnants of a bygone, politically incorrect era. You remember the movies, though, of that time. The father is going off to war. Or, sometimes, he has a dread disease against which he has fought a valiant and yet inevitably unsuccessful fight.Anyway, it's your basic departure scene. Dad calls in the male child, cues the music and intones, "Son, you're going to have to be the man of the family now."
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February 6, 2013
Congratulations to all of you out there from a Niners fan out here. Your city deserves it. Your team stopped us in the end, and that's what it's all about. I am very proud of both our teams. But damn! I saw Johnny Unitas do it to my Giants the championship game after "The Greatest Game Ever Played". It's hard. Charles Kalish, San Francisco
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March 27, 2005
On Saturday March 26, 2005, DONALD GENE "Bunky" FORD, 66, of Crisfield, died at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Crisfield, MD, he was the son of the late Emory H. Ford Sr., and Sarah Mae Tyler Ford. Mr Ford was an avid Johnny Unitas fan. He is survived by his wife Dianna Ford; daughter Robin Windsor of Crisfield; step-son Darrell Robert Coccagna Jr., on active duty in Iraq; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sister Bonnie Thomas and husband Brian of Glen Burn, ND; sister-in-law Linda Ford and 2 nieces.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
For only the second time since Rob Ambrose became Towson's coach, the Tigers will open the season with a game at home, welcoming Central Connecticut State to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The only other time in that span the Tigers played host to a season opener was in 2011, when they routed Morgan State, 42-3. Although Towson is just two games above .500 at home (15-13) under Ambrose, the program is 13-5 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in the past three years, and Ambrose said the team's recent success has had a noticeable impact in the stands.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, who filled in for an injured Johnny Unitas during the 1968 season and was named the league's Most Valuable Player for leading the Colts to the Super Bowl , died on Friday in Florida. He was 79. Morrall played 21 pro seasons and started at quarterback for five NFL teams, but he will be remembered as the ultimate understudy because of that '68 season with the Colts and the 1972 season in which he took over for an injured Bob Griese for nine games and helped lead the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins to a historic 17-0 record.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Surrounded by a large crowd of NFL scouts and coaches Monday afternoon at rain-soaked Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson star running back Terrance West cut sharply to his left and adeptly corralled an intermediate pass without breaking stride. West displayed sound hands, quick feet and impressive balance in front of 22 NFL teams during his Pro Day workout. He didn't drop a pass and maintained his footing despite a steady downpour. "If I had to run on fire, I'd do it, man," said West, a Northwestern graduate who measured in at 5 feet 9, 230 pounds.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | January 31, 2014
Rarely is a team, or its city, connected to one seminal moment in the way the Baltimore Colts are connected in so many minds with the 1958 NFL Championship game at the New York Giants, known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played. " On the cusp of Super Bowl XLVIII , which is back in the New York metro area at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, one Campus Hills resident would like to see his Towson neighborhood memorialized as the community where several Colts greats from that era called home.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was named Monday morning as the winner of the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top college quarterback in the nation. McCarron led the No. 4 Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record, completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has a 34-2 record (.943) as a starter at Alabama and holds school records for touchdown passes in a season (30 in 2012), and had a streak of 291 pass attempts without throwing an interception (the second-longest streak in SEC history)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Towson has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Tigers, who went 10-8 last year, won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. 10: After scoring 10 goals in just two of its first 13 games, Towson scored at least 10 goals in four straight, including 11 each in wins against Drexel and Penn State to claim the CAA tournament title. 9: Nine of 14 games are scheduled for Johnny Unitas Stadium.
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September 12, 2002
"If - in your lifetime - you get one Johnny Unitas, you're way ahead of the game. There's only one Johnny Unitas. The fact that Baltimore had him as their quarterback, they should never, ever complain about being left out." Raymond Berry, Baltimore Colts 1955-1967 "He's the greatest thing to ever happen to this city." Art Donovan, Baltimore Colts 1950, 1953-1961 "Johnny was a master of the game and the king of the last two minutes. No lead was safe if you were playing against Johnny."
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August 6, 2013
Some years ago I was flying from Baltimore to Pittsburgh and ended up across the aisle from Artie Donovan ( "Art Donovan, vocal ex-Colts defensive tackle, dies at 89," Aug. 5). I said hello and asked a question. Shortly thereafter all the seats around Artie were filled as he regaled us with story after story. Soon the cabin crew forced us to leave the plane. We all wished we had been on a flight to Los Angeles. I returned that evening, and while checking in for the flight I was in line behind Johnny Unitas . I said hello and noted that this was my Colt day, as I had flown up with Artie.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
Dec. 7, 2002: "It felt like a dream out there," Navy quarterback Craig Candeto says after leading the Midshipmen past Army, 58-12, before an announced 78,672 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Candeto runs for six scores and passes for one as Navy (2-10) sets a record for most points scored in the 103-game series. Army finishes 1-11. Dec. 1, 1986: Saying he is fed up with antiquated Byrd Stadium, Bobby Ross resigns as Maryland football coach after a five-year run in which he led the Terps to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Colts Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore 's name is synonymous with Baltimore's football tradition. Now he could have his image immortalized. A $750,000 fund-raising drive in conjunction with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation was announced Monday to create a statue to honor Moore. "We know without a doubt that Lenny not only has excelled in the area of football," said Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, the founder of the Lenny Moore Statue and Wax Figurine Committee, "but has also significantly contributed to many, many organizations.
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