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AFC North: Johnny Unitas’ Family Calls Joe Flacco ‘Embarrassing Choice’ for Movie Role


Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after their game against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest NFL news to come out of this weekend wasn’t anything that had to do with free agency, the draft, of actual football games. No, the big story was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco being chosen to portray Baltimore legend Johnny Unitas in a movie about the former QB’s life. It seems like a fair role to give to Flacco, who is coming off leading the Ravens to only their second Super Bowl title, and he’s made the playoffs every year he’s been in the league.

Unitas’ son, Joe Unitas, explained to the Baltimore Sun why Flacco was picked for the role.

"Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me. lot of the way [Flacco] plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad. He does things the right way and is a good role model for kids and he gets what hard work is and does everything he can for the team. There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between [Flacco] and my dad."

John Unitas Jr., another son of Johnny, had a different take on the matter:

"If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning. My father was just like that. This is a joke. It is awful. The guy’s (Flacco) a turd. He never talked to me. He never talked to any of the first five children. He’s a guy that’s just making money off of my father."

The Cleveland Browns reportedly have no interest in free agent linebacker James Harrison.

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