How much was Johnny Unitas worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Football Quarterback|
|Date of Birth:||May 7, 1933|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Johnny Unitas
John Constantine Unitas was born on May 7, 1933 he was an American football quarterback with an estimated net worth of $10 million. Nicknamed “The Golden Arm”, he played 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 a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games (between 1956–1960) remains unsurpassed as of 2011. He has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he began his football career at St. Justin’s high school. Johnny U started out as a halfback, but eventually replaced the starting quarterback after he was injured. After completing high school, Johnny U was passed over by Indiana and Notre Dame.
He eventually accepted a scholarship from Louisville. As a freshman he took over the starting job and led the Cardinals to four wins. Unitas also played safety, but much of his college career was slowed by injury. To many, even to this day Jonny U is considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. When he was cut from his first pro team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, after the head coach proclaimed Unitas was not intelligent enough to be a quarterback, he played semi-pro ball until the Baltimore Colts offered him a $7,000 contract in 1956.
When an injury to starter George Shaw gave him his first opportunity, Unitas responded by throwing an interception on his first pass and fumbling a handoff on his next play. He came back that season by setting a rookie record for completion percentage at 55.6, and tossed just nine touchdown passes.
During his 18 year NFL career, 17 years with the Colts before playing his final season with the San Diego Chargers, he led the Colts to three NFL championships, including one Super Bowl, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. At the time of his death in 2002, Johnny Unitas’ net worth was $10 million.
At the time of his retirement, he held records for the most pass attempts (5,186), most completions (2,830), most total yards (40,239), most touchdowns (290), most 300-yard games (26), and most consecutive games throwing touchdown passes (47). He also had three seasons of 3000+ passing yards.
Player of the Year: 1959, 1964, 1967
NFL MVP: 1959, 1964, 1967
Player of the Decade: 1960s
Ten Pro-Bowl selections
Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1979
Named Greatest Player in the First 50 Years of Pro Football
Named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team
1958 NFL Championship – Baltimore 23, NY Giants 17
1959 NFL Championship – Baltimore 31, NY Giants 16
Super Bowl V – Baltimore 16, Dallas 13