It’s a challenge to make a name for yourself, especially in the NFL. It takes a certain type of player to put the team on their shoulders and leave a legacy behind them.
That’s especially true for quarterbacks, who are the heart and soul on the offensive side of the ball. But, it’s no doubt strange when a franchise quarterback leaves town and finishes their career on a different team. Surprisingly, a good amount of the most beloved quarterbacks didn’t finish their careers in the cities they carried for so long.
His name is most associated with the Baltimore Colts, a team he played for from 1956-1972. The ten-time Pro Bowler was the league MVP in 1954, 1964 and 1967. “Johnny U” even held a 52-year-long record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
The Louisville alum was the prototype of the modern era of marquee quarterback by leading a strong passing game. However, in 1973 he was traded to the San Diego Chargers, and retired in the preseason of 1974. Before the Mannings, Bradys and Montana’s, Unitas was one of the greatest NFL players of all-time.