Feb 4, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco poses for a photo with the game MVP trophy at a press conference at the New Orleans Convention Center the day after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Unitas We Stand: Johnny Unitas’ Grandson Says Joe Flacco is ‘Embarrassing Choice’ For Movie Role

Upon first glance when the news surfaced that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco would be playing NFL legend in an upcoming film, the news appeared to be almost as outrageous as his $100+ million contract. It looked like something that came straight from The Onion, but unfortunately it was true.

Unitas’ son, Joe Unitas, co-wrote the film titled Unitas We Stand and wanted Flacco to play the role of his father.

While Joe Unitas appears on board, there are some members of the Unitas family that aren’t too happy about the decision to have Joe Flacco portray the great Johnny Unitas.

One of Unitas’ grandsons, J.C., took to Facebook to say Flacco was an “embarrassing choice.”

He went on to add, “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. also criticized the decision by Joe Unitas to seek out funds for his new project.

“It disgusts me that one of the son’s of my grandfather would put his hands out and ask for donations to make a movie based off of a book that was mostly built off of non-factual events in my grandfather’s life,” J.C. said. “Moreover, a movie of my grandfather conceptualized by a son who never saw my grandfather play a down of football.

“The Unitas family is a family that never asked for handouts, although it appears there is a hand out, shaking a proverbial soup can for money to fund a movie.”


John Unitas Jr. was also very critical of the move saying, “If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning,. My father was just like that. This is a joke.”

This situation could really get ugly. John Jr. and Joe don’t see eye to eye and their sibling rivalry is now playing out in public. If some sort of resolution or communication doesn’t open between the two sons of Johnny Unitas, then this innocent movie project could play out in the public eye.

“They’re trying to do anything on the coattails of my father’s name,” John said. “It’s like prostituting yourself. My father would have nothing to do with it. It makes me angry, but there’s nothing I can do about it until they slip up. If they start selling some things with Johnny Unitas on it, then I have legal recourse.”

You know, if Joe Flacco wouldn’t have gone on a miracle run in the postseason, he wouldn’t be stealing money from the Ravens and he wouldn’t have sparked a public war between two brothers.

Way to go, Joe Flacco. This one’s on you.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco Johnny Unitas

  • joeblow

    Baltimore Sun reports “Joe Unitas told The Baltimore Sun that Flacco will play his father
    playing football in the final scenes depicting the Colts’ 1958
    championship game victory.”

    Sounds like Flacco will just be playing the last few scenes in uniform on the field. That is NOT the starring role. Get your facts straight. And don’t blow that smoke that you are a blogger and not reporter therefore not responsible for the facts. At the very best you are blowing a misunderstanding out of proportion. Do you hate Flacco?

    • ravenous

      I agree. This article is idiotic. Flacco was trying to do one of the down-and-out Unitas clan a favor by suiting up and throwing a pigskin in some anonymous part of an underfunded film?

      Apparently, no good deed goes unpunished.

  • Nick R

    Wow, Google’s gone downhill. How is this hogwash allowed to be linked on their news feed? You may as well be named Skip Bayless, Jr.

    Perhaps you should go back to college. You have done well enough to master the technicalities of the English language, but to call this “journalism” is laughable.

    Essentially ripped off, save one paragraph, from the articles on major, reputable news websites (as if such a thing exists), you go on to embarrass yourself by showing your lack of knowledge of the sport by forgetting that Joe Flacco threw what should have been the pass that sent the Raven’s to the prior season’s Super Bowl. He has more than proven himself as a good playoff quarterback for three consecutive seasons, and he’s statistically equivalent to Eli Manning, and superior in some important respects, in the regular season.

    I don’t need to go into NFL contracts, how Flacco’s contract is structured, his age and “hotness” to the market, and how huge contracts like this are often placeholders and are rarely paid in full to the entire extent of said contract; that would be much too tough for you to handle at one time.

    And, what’s more, you blame the insecurities of a family of men NOT named John Constantine Unitas on Joe Flacco? HE did this to this family of unaccomplished, jealous men? What a pedantic little twit you must be.

    • Nick R

      Oh, and for what it’s worth, I agree with one family member that, mechanically and appearance-wise, Peyton Manning would probably be the best to play Unitas when delivering the football. He also has the “goofball” acting chops to go along with it.

      However, I assume Peyton Manning may have better things to do. The door is closing quickly, and there’s no window through which he can crawl back in time.

    • ravenous

      Wow. Josh Sanchez majored in journalism at Seton Hill [sic] University. That explains everything except for the time I wasted reading his “article.”