Case 1

Johnny Unitas

Famed "Golden Arm" Quarterback

John Constantine Unitas (1933 - 2002)


Though he was born In Pittsburgh and was on the Steeler team for one year, his career really took off when he signed with the Baltimore Colts.  In 1957, his first season as the Colts full-time quarterback starter, Unitas finished first in the NFL in passing yards (2,550) and touchdown passes (24) as he helped lead the Colts to a 7–5 record, the first winning record in franchise history.


For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (which he set between 1956–1960).  Toward the end of his life, Unitas brought media attention to the many permanent physical disabilities that he and his fellow players suffered during their careers before heavy padding and other safety features became popular.