Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
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player. 46. . Quarterback. 1956-72. Johnny Unitas. 2

How lucky can the Colts be to have a quarterback as talented as Johnny Unitas land at No. 2 on their all-time list? Seriously, the guy is a legend who many consider one of the greatest to ever play the game.

And yet, here he is as the second-best Colt to ever sling it.

Many folks would argue that Unitas belongs in the No. 1 spot — it’s an understandable stance. He was light years ahead of his time, serving as one of the first truly dominant quarterbacks in pro football history. While the rest of the league was still trying to figure out the forward pass, Unitas was busy carving up secondaries.

When Unitas hung up his cleats for good, he was the leader in nearly every Colts passing category imaginable. Although his records were all crushed by another legend during the modern era, his feats during the franchise’s days in Baltimore were truly amazing.

I could also point out that Unitas won four championships, three MVP awards, was named to 10 Pro Bowls and eight All-Pro teams and led the NFL in passing yards for three straight seasons. Realistically though, you already know how stellar Unitas’ career was.