If you a big fan of Johnny Unitas then you’ll surely enjoy reading this wonderful book written by Johnny Unitas titled Pro Quarterback: My Own Story by Johnny Unitas and Ed Fitzgerald. The book is a Grosset & Dunlap Edition 1968, 1965 by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc., copyright 1968, 1965 by Johnny Unitas and Ed Fitzgerald. It is a Sports Library Edition Book Number 2389. The cover photo was taken by Robert Riger.
This book measures 5¼” x 7¾” and have 185 pages.
**Condition: The front and back covers of the book are in very good condition, very clean and bright. The inside pages are in near mint condition, very clean and bright. *Covers: There is minor wear at the top and bottom of the spine and the corners have very minor bumps.
From a $6.00 a game sandlot player, Johnny Unitas became one of the greatest pro quarterbacks of all time. He played 18 years in the NFL and finally retired after the 1973 season. While playing with the Baltimore Colts he led them to three NFL Championships, was the first quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a career, threw at least one touchdown in 47 consecutive games, and was named the MVP of the league 3 times. What’s so amazing is that he threw 290 touchdowns in an era when the quarterback could be killed by defensive players and wide receivers were mugged at the line of scrimmage and then beat up going down field for a pass. Today's quarterbacks couldn't last one quarter if they played in the era when Johnny Unitas played.
In 1979 he was inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1969 the NFL celebrated its 50th anniversary and recognized Johnny U. as the best quarterback ever and then again in 2000 he again was named the best quarterback.
His first coach, Weeb Ewband, and later Don Shula both agreed his play calling in the huddle was unbelievable. His teammate John Mackey said-- "It's like being in the huddle with God"--no defense could ever confuse him. From his signature crew cut and black high style cleats and never give up attitude, there will never be another Johnny Unitas. If you watch Peyton Manning, his throwing motion, the way he moves in the pocket, and calling or changing plays in the huddle are amazing. Unitas is Manning’s Number One Quarterback and models himself after him. In one game he wanted to wear high-top black shoes to honor Johnny U. but the league said no.
Anyone who’s a big fan of Unitas or loves collecting football items are sure to enjoy this book.
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