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Baltimore Sun columnistIt was a passive morning at Passing Fancy, the flat expanse of farmland where John Unitas, wife Sandra and their three children live in comfort and a laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes kind of rural leisure. Their impeccable white-fenced sanctuary is...
Tags: Dan Marino, Contracts, Baltimore Colts, Henry Jordan, Death
Baltimore Sun columnistIt'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. Hundreds of quarterbacks...
Excerpts from columns about John Unitas from around the country: - Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: I can close my eyes and still see him, wearing those black high-top shoes, walking slowly to the line of scrimmage, biding his time so he could...
Tags: Baltimore Colts, New York Giants, John Mackey, Death, Football
Sun StaffAwe-struck schoolboy Dick Jerardi Jerardi has worked a thousand locker rooms and big events as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. Four decades ago, when he was in the seventh or eighth grade at Cathedral School, he still placed his...
Sun StaffJohn Mackey, the former Colts great who was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month, received his ring at halftime of the Miami Dolphins- New Orleans Saints preseason game last night at Memorial Stadium. Mackey played with the Colts from 1963...
Sun StaffAmid the quiet elegance of McCafferty's restaurant in Mount Washington, near the baby grand piano polished to a high gloss, they have built a shrine to Johnny Unitas. Hanging on the wall is the Hall of Fame quarterback's autographed Colts jersey, an...
Sun ColumnistGrowing up in the Baltimore suburbs was an occasion for Michael Flanagan to watch John Unitas from a seat in the stands and applaud his achievements. He finally met him, via a rather circuitous route, having to go to Indianapolis from his office in...
Sun ColumnistOCEAN CITY -- Personally, Gino Marchetti was passive, not at all interested in the spotlight and content to let performance convey his statement. Professionally, among historians of the game, he is the greatest defensive end the National Football...
Sun ColumnistThis was a homecoming for Raymond Berry, who was such a remarkable young man that some teammates, given to a torrent of profanity, would clean up their language when he approached. That was the ultimate sign of respect. Berry didn't "wear religion on his...
Sun ColumnistEMMITSBURG -- Back in the beginning, way back, Jim Phelan was offered a three-year contract to coach the basketball team at Mount St. Mary's. He was 24 at the time, a child of the Philadelphia streets, unsure about the rural, small-school setting. didn'...
Sun StaffWhen the door to Pro Football's Hall of Fame finally swung open for John Mackey yesterday, the former Baltimore Colts great found rich irony in the knowledge that Al Davis would be joining him. "All the troublemakers go in together," Mackey said with...
Tags: Tom Mack, Baltimore Colts, Football, Baseball, Super Bowl
Sun ColumnistPassion persisted until the end, 35 years of emotional ties to a team and its memories that elevated the Baltimore Colts to a position of being a civic heirloom. It may never happen again because the business of football has changed -- unions, agents,...
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