Johnny Unitas

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Johnny Unitas (1933- ) was a professional American football player in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was the National Football League's most valuable player in 1959, 1964 and 1967.

Unitas was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL, but was released before the season began. In 1956 Unitas joined the Baltimore Colts NFL team. The Colts won the NFL championship under his leadership in 1958, 1959, and in 1968 (Though after the 1968 season, the Colts lost the 1969 Super Bowl, which was the last championship game between the rival American football leagues the NFL and AFL (American Football League)). Unitas subsequently led the Colts to a Super Bowl win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl.

Johnny Unitas was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1972, and retired from football in 1974. He was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1979.