RETIRED: JOHNNY UNITAS, 41, after 18 years as an NFL quarterback; because of arthritis in his knees. Johnny U. starred for the Baltimore Colts from 1956-72 and finished his career at San Diego. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1957, 1964 and 1967, six times an All-Pro and played in 10 Pro Bowl games. Unitas holds pro records for pass attempts (5,186), completions (2,830), yards gained passing (40,239), touchdowns through the air (290), 300-yard games (26) and consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass (47, 1956-60).
SUSPENDED: For at least one year, six members of Notre Dame's national championship football team, including four regulars, because of violations of university parietal rules.
DIED: DON McCAFFERTY, 53, head coach of the Detroit Lions; of an apparent heart attack; in Pontiac, Mich. McCafferty, who played on the 1942 national championship Ohio State team, coached for 25 years, his most celebrated win coming in the 1971 Super Bowl when his Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13.