Joe Flacco quieted many of his doubters, both nationwide and around Baltimore, with his uncharacteristically impressive performance during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run. Even with the ring, Flacco still has a long way to go to be considered among local sports icons like Johnny Unitas, whose statue sits just outside of M&T Bank Stadium and whose old Colts jersey is not an irregular sight among Baltimore sports crowds.
In fact, very few people would even bother to compare Flacco to Johnny U., except Flacco has agreed to act as Unitas in the final scenes of an upcoming biopic about the quarterback’s life. And the Unitas family, already squabbling about the money that might come from the film, is none too thrilled about the choice of Flacco as Unitas.
“If you want a real movie, hire a real actor,” wrote J.C. Unitas on Facebook.
Added the 24-year-old former Villanova quarterback: “My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it. Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?”
J.C.’s father, John Unitas Jr., calls Flacco a “goofball.”
“If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning,” John said. “My father was just like that. This is a joke.”
Poor, poor Flacco. Even when he’s a champion, nobody respects him. The Unitas family will have to get over not having Peyton Manning play their departed relative. Getting to see Joe Flacco with a flat top is a fine consolation.