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February 27, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Colt quarterback John Unitas filed for bankruptcy after the city of Baltimore refused to repay a portion of an outstanding loan it had guaranteed, Unitas' attorney said.
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September 24, 2011 | Sam Farmer
The NFL lockout and compressed off-season didn't do much to throw off the rhythm of quarterbacks and receivers. We can be relatively sure of that after two weeks, as there have been 23 individual 300-yard passing performances so far, the most ever through the first two weeks of the season. The net passing total of 15,771 yards -- almost nine miles -- is the most through the first two weeks. In fact, those 23 performances are the most through the first three weeks of a season.
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September 24, 2011 | Sam Farmer
The NFL lockout and compressed off-season didn't do much to throw off the rhythm of quarterbacks and receivers. We can be relatively sure of that after two weeks, as there have been 23 individual 300-yard passing performances so far, the most ever through the first two weeks of the season. The net passing total of 15,771 yards -- almost nine miles -- is the most through the first two weeks. In fact, those 23 performances are the most through the first three weeks of a season.
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December 21, 2008 | MICHAEL WILBON, Wilbon is a columnist for the Washington Post.
Too often the discussion of Greatest QB Ever begins with Joe Montana. Occasionally, the pick is one of his contemporaries, John Elway. If somebody closer to 60 years old is in the room there might be some substantive examination of John Unitas. Only if there's a real student of pro football in the mix will Otto Graham's name be tossed. Hardly ever does the discussion roll back far enough to include Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the greatest Redskin ever, without question, and almost certainly the first great passing quarterback in pro football history.
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September 17, 2002
It took a few days to confirm, but Johnny Unitas is not dead. Can't be. Even if we once envisioned onrushing Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones each removing one of the quarterback's arms or Sam Huff burying the guy in mud, we know Unitas will show up come game time. Not even a fatal heart attack while working out at 69 could make him late.
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May 23, 1991 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before and after football practice each day, John Unitas spent hour after patient hour creating a football player--a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback--a guy named John Unitas. That was 40 years ago. On the playgrounds and practice fields of his time. There, morning, afternoon and evening, Unitas at first aimed for--and then played for--the old Baltimore Colts.
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September 12, 2002 | JOHN STEADMAN, BALTIMORE SUN
Editor's note: Baltimore Sun columnist John Steadman, a Red Smith Award winner for major contributions to sports journalism and the voice of Baltimore, died Jan. 1, 2001. This column first appeared Dec. 12, 1999. It'll soon be 40 years and John Unitas has hardly been challenged, meaning the unapproached record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. A mark that seems sacrosanct, almost indelible as his exclusive property.
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October 21, 2002
Ravens Stadium got the Unitas touch Sunday, from the 13-foot statue of John Unitas to a ring of honor induction for Baltimore Colt Hall of Famers to an eloquent halftime address by the late quarterback's wife. "He was very much looking forward to today and still was in awe of it," Sandy Unitas said after an elaborate ceremony honored her husband and seven of his former teammates. "He really didn't think he deserved it. That was just John.
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December 21, 2008 | MICHAEL WILBON, Wilbon is a columnist for the Washington Post.
Too often the discussion of Greatest QB Ever begins with Joe Montana. Occasionally, the pick is one of his contemporaries, John Elway. If somebody closer to 60 years old is in the room there might be some substantive examination of John Unitas. Only if there's a real student of pro football in the mix will Otto Graham's name be tossed. Hardly ever does the discussion roll back far enough to include Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the greatest Redskin ever, without question, and almost certainly the first great passing quarterback in pro football history.
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January 25, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The dream comes to Sam Huff in the night, from out of that cold afternoon so long ago, when but for a hitch in his pads, he would celebrate today his greatest victory instead of his most painful defeat. In the dream, the football thrown by John Unitas comes right for Huff's head, like an incoming cruise missile. "Bat it down! Get a hand on it!" he yells. But he can't, not even 40 years later.
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October 21, 2002
Ravens Stadium got the Unitas touch Sunday, from the 13-foot statue of John Unitas to a ring of honor induction for Baltimore Colt Hall of Famers to an eloquent halftime address by the late quarterback's wife. "He was very much looking forward to today and still was in awe of it," Sandy Unitas said after an elaborate ceremony honored her husband and seven of his former teammates. "He really didn't think he deserved it. That was just John.
OPINION
September 17, 2002
It took a few days to confirm, but Johnny Unitas is not dead. Can't be. Even if we once envisioned onrushing Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones each removing one of the quarterback's arms or Sam Huff burying the guy in mud, we know Unitas will show up come game time. Not even a fatal heart attack while working out at 69 could make him late.
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September 12, 2002 | BOB OATES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Of the players I've watched in 66 years of writing about football, Johnny Unitas, who died Wednesday at 69, was the best all-around quarterback and the smartest signal-caller as well as the closest thing to self-made of any of pro football's 216 Hall of Famers and-- above all--the toughest athlete. As another Hall of Famer, Merlin Olsen, said one day several years ago when we were talking about Unitas and the role of courage in competitive sports: "He's the bravest man I've known in football."
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September 12, 2002 | JOHN STEADMAN, BALTIMORE SUN
Editor's note: Baltimore Sun columnist John Steadman, a Red Smith Award winner for major contributions to sports journalism and the voice of Baltimore, died Jan. 1, 2001. This column first appeared Dec. 12, 1999. It'll soon be 40 years and John Unitas has hardly been challenged, meaning the unapproached record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. A mark that seems sacrosanct, almost indelible as his exclusive property.
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January 25, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The dream comes to Sam Huff in the night, from out of that cold afternoon so long ago, when but for a hitch in his pads, he would celebrate today his greatest victory instead of his most painful defeat. In the dream, the football thrown by John Unitas comes right for Huff's head, like an incoming cruise missile. "Bat it down! Get a hand on it!" he yells. But he can't, not even 40 years later.
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January 13, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Unitas, the greatest Colt of them all, said this week he really couldn't give a flying horseshoe who wins Sunday's AFC championship game in Pittsburgh. "I'll probably watch some of it because the kids will have it on," Unitas said. "But there won't be any feelings one way or the other."
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April 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Johnny Unitas and his wife owe creditors as much as $3.2 million, bankruptcy filings show. The former Baltimore Colt quarterback and his wife, Sandra, met with six creditors Wednesday to disclose their assets and debts as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. The couple listed assets of about $1.4 million. Unitas filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in February. The bankruptcy filing allows individuals or corporations to continue operating while in bankruptcy.
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January 13, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Unitas, the greatest Colt of them all, said this week he really couldn't give a flying horseshoe who wins Sunday's AFC championship game in Pittsburgh. "I'll probably watch some of it because the kids will have it on," Unitas said. "But there won't be any feelings one way or the other."
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May 23, 1991 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before and after football practice each day, John Unitas spent hour after patient hour creating a football player--a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback--a guy named John Unitas. That was 40 years ago. On the playgrounds and practice fields of his time. There, morning, afternoon and evening, Unitas at first aimed for--and then played for--the old Baltimore Colts.
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April 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Johnny Unitas and his wife owe creditors as much as $3.2 million, bankruptcy filings show. The former Baltimore Colt quarterback and his wife, Sandra, met with six creditors Wednesday to disclose their assets and debts as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. The couple listed assets of about $1.4 million. Unitas filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in February. The bankruptcy filing allows individuals or corporations to continue operating while in bankruptcy.
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