The Baltimore Sun reported this weekend that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will play legendary Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas in an upcoming movie.
The Sun said the screenplay was written by Unitas' son, Joe Unitas and Nick Slatkin and adapted from the Tom Callahan's best-selling book: "Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas." Joe Unitas told The Sun that Flacco is going to portray Johnny U in the scenes about the Colts' famous victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL championship game.
On the movie's website, there's a comment from Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, about the quarterback's feelings on being Unitas in the movie. "Flacco is excited and honored by the opportunity and looks forward to the role." That comes from an e-mail where Flacco was telling Unitas he'd be in the movie.
Joe Unitas told The Sun he thought Flacco would be the right guy to play his dad. Filming for the movie is scheduled to start this summer.
"Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me," Unitas told The Sun in a phone interview from his Las Vegas home. "I think it's great that Joe just won the Super Bowl with the Ravens and was Most Valuable Player in the game. A lot of the way Joe plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad. He's not a rah-rah guy. He throws a touchdown and maybe there's a little fist pump. He understands his job is all about winning and he does a phenomenal job leading the offense and the team and obviously they've developed a lot of trust after becoming a champion.'
It's also a nice way for Flacco to honor the memory of one of Baltimore all-time sports heroes. Flacco did something while guiding the Ravens to the Super Bowl title that Unitas did throughout his career-- give clutch performances in big games and help his team win a championship.
To many younger fans, Flacco could wind up being another Unitas.