People, Aug. 5, 1974

He is, by the record book, the greatest quarterback in pro football history. But last week Johnny Unites, 41, turned in his shoulder pads. "I'm taking up time on the field that could be used for younger fellows," he said, resigning from the San Diego Chargers—who last year signed him to a two-year, $500,000 contract—and retiring from pro ball. Troubled by arthritis, Johnny spent much of the season on the bench. He looks back on his 18-year career with satisfaction.

No one else has gained 40,239 yds. passing or made 290 touchdowns through the...

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