Johnny Unitas Biography
John Constantine Unitas, popularly known as Johnny Unitas was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. Johnny was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL’s most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967.
Johnny Unitas Age|Nationality
Unitas was born on 7 May 1933. He died on 11 September 2002 when he was 69 years old. He was nicknamed Johnny U and The Golden Arm. Being born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he is of American nationality and of white ethnicity. His birth|zodiac sign is currently unknown.
Johnny Unitas Spouse|Dating|Was He Married or Divorced?
During the time of his death, he was a married man. Unitas married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle on 20 November 1954 when he was 21 years old. The two lived in Towson and had five children before divorcing.
His second wife was Sandra Lemon, whom he married on 26 June 1972 and they had three children. They lived in Baldwin and remained married until his passing.
Johnny Unitas Family
He was born to Francis J. Unitas(father) and Helen Superfisky(mother), both of Lithuanian descent. His father had a small business delivering coal. He grew up in the Mount Washington neighborhood.
His dad died of cardiovascular-renal disease complicated by pneumonia when he was only 5 years old. This left the young boy to be raised by his mother, who worked two jobs to support the family. She took accounting courses at night so she could also work as a bookkeeper.
Johnny’s surname was a result of a phonetic transliteration of a common Lithuanian last name Jonaitis.
Johnny Unitas Education
Unitas wanted to be a professional football player as early as age 12 in spite of his humble background. He played quarterback for his school’s team, St. Justin’s High School. He was recognized locally by the time he was a senior for his talent and named to the All-Catholic High School team in Pittsburgh.
Johnny had a hard time finding a college team that was interested in him after graduating from St. Justin’s in 1951. He was considered small. Johnny failed the entrance exam, though he might have entered the University of Pittsburgh on scholarship. He was offered a scholarship to the University of Louisville, which he took. At Louisville, Unitas toiled in obscurity, but he also grew two inches and gained 56 lbs.
Johnny Unitas Movies
– The Last Season: The Life and Demolition of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium
– Any Given Sunday
– Gus 1976
Johnny Unitas Signature|Autograph
Johnny Unitas Net worth
His estimated net worth is currently under review and will be updated later. Detailed information about his property, cars he owned, private airplanes he could be having, houses, luxuries, the monthly|yearly salary are also not available and we will update you soon.
Johnny Unitas Quotes
♦ There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. …
♦ Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. …
♦ I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. …
♦ Anything I do, I always have a reason for.
Johnny Unitas Jersey/Shirt
Johnny Unitas Death
Unitas died on 11 September 2002 after suffering a heart attack while working out at the Kernan Physical Therapy Center now called The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute in Baltimore.
After his death, many fans of the Baltimore Ravens petitioned the renaming of the Ravens’ home stadium (owned by the State of Maryland) after Unitas. These requests were unsuccessful since the lucrative naming rights had already been leased by the Ravens to Buffalo-based M&T Bank.
A statue of Unitas, however, was erected as the centerpiece of the plaza in front of the stadium named in his honor. Large banners depicting the NFL Hall of Famer in his Baltimore Colts heyday flank the entrance to the stadium.
Towson University, where Unitas was a major fund-raiser and which his children attended, named its football and lacrosse complex Johnny Unitas Stadium in recognition of both his football career and service to the university. Unitas is buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, Maryland.
Johnny Unitas Trivia
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.
Unitas himself lost the almost total use of his right hand, with the middle finger and thumb noticeably disfigured from being repeatedly broken during games.