Milestones Sep. 23, 2002

DIED. JOHNNY UNITAS, 69, Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Baltimore Colts to a sudden-death victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL championship game, still regarded by many as the greatest football game ever played; of a heart attack; in suburban Baltimore. Unitas broke passing records at the University of Louisville but was deemed too small by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, who cut him in 1955. The Colts found him playing for $6 a game in a semipro league and signed him to be their third-stringer. Two years later, his precise passes and menacing game face rallied...

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