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September 11, 2002

Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas Dies

(Baltimore-AP) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas has died of a heart attack at age 69, according to a Baltimore Ravens spokesman. Many consider Unitas to be the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

He held nearly every league passing mark when he retired in 1973. The quaterback started his career at the University of Louisville in 1951. Unitas led the Colts to three NFL championships, including Super Bowl Five in 1971. He was the first to throw for 40,000 yards in his career, and tossed touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games.

Unitas played for the Colts between 1956 and '72 before ending his career with the San Diego Chargers. He finished with 40,000, 239 passing yards and 290 touchdowns. The three-time most valuable player was inducted into the Hall in 1979.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP-09-11-02 1511HDT

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