When you lead a team to victory on an overtime drive in the championship game dubbed "The Greatest Game Ever Played", you know you're destined for glory. Johnny Unitas' and the Baltimore Colts' 1958 championship victory over the New York Giants was the first overtime game in NFL history. During his career, Unitas won three NFL Championships (prior to the creation of the Super Bowl) and one Super Bowl, as well as 3 MVPs, made 10 Pro Bowls and 5 AP First Teams. He is considered by most to be one of the greatest players in NFL history.
John Constantine Unitas ( May 7, 1933 September 11, 2002), known as Johnny Unitas or 'Johnny U', and nicknamed 'The Golden Arm', was a Lithuanian American professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s, spending the majority of his career with the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and the National Football League's most valuable player in 1959, 1964 and 1967. For 52 years he held the record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games (between -), until New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke his long standing record on October 7, 2012. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback with a strong passing game, media fanfare and widespread popularity. He has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time. John Constantine Unitas was born to Lithuanian immigrant parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1933, and grew up in the Brookline neighborhood.
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