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Posted: Wednesday September 11, 2002 11:30 PM

Johnny Unitas, the Hall of Fame quarterback who broke nearly every NFL passing record and won three championships with the Baltimore Colts in an 18-year career, died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 69.

0 -- NFL Championship games played in by the Colts since trading Johnny Unitas after the 1972 season. Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas retired as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. AP
1 -- Unitas' all-time ranking in touchdown passes (290), completions (2,830), attempts (5,186), yards (40,239), 3,000-yard seasons (3) and 300-yard games (26) upon retirement in 1973.
2 -- Hall of Famers with last names starting with "U" -- Unitas and Gene Upshaw.
3 -- Championships won the by the Colts during Unitas' career. He was the only member of all three title-winning teams (1958, '59 and '70).
4 -- Seasons in which Unitas led the NFL in passing yards -- 1957, '59-60, and '63. Only Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino had more with five.
6-2 -- Unitas' record as a starter in eight posteason starts.
9 -- Round that Unitas was drafted in by the Steelers in 1955. Pittsburgh cut him in favor of third-string quarterback Vic Eaton.
12 -- Consecutive games in which Unitas threw for at least two touchdown passes, tying him with Marino, Don Meredith and Brett Favre for the record.
17 -- Times Unitas passed for at least four touchdowns in a game. Only Marino had more with 21.
47 -- The NFL record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, set by Unitas from 1956-60. Marino is a distant second with 30 from 1985-87.
53 -- Games needed for Unitas to reach 100 career touchdown passes. Only Marino (44 games) has reached the century mark in fewer games.
80 -- Length, in yards, of Baltimore's 12-play, game-winning drive in overtime of the 1958 NFL Championship game. Unitas led the Colts to a 23-17 defeat of the Giants in what many consider to be the greatest game ever played.
1957-60 -- The four consecutive seasons in which Unitas led the NFL in touchdown passes. No other quarterback has more than three in a row.

 


 
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