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about Johnny Unitas

John Constantine “Johnny” Unitas (May 7, 1933- September 11, 2002), nicknamed “The Golden Arm” and often called Johnny U, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s, spending the majority of his career with the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback and the National Football League’s most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967. His record of throwing touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games (between 1956-1960) remains unsurpassed as of 2012. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

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Golden arm Foundation


Off the field, Johnny Unitas’ charity work was just as impressive as his playing statistics and numerous wins. He carried the ideals of football forward into his community, striving to make an impact and bettering the lives of others. In 1987, Johnny Unitas started The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation to promote the game of football as well as provide financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young athletes.

Golden arm award

Often, college football fans and the media become so enthralled with touchdown passes, elusive runs, ferocious tackles and quarterback sacks that we lose sight of other important matters of college athletics. The Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior or upperclassmen quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation encapsulates all that is positive in college sports. 


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