NPR logo

'King of the Quarterbacks' Dead at 69

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1149858/149858" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
'King of the Quarterbacks' Dead at 69

'King of the Quarterbacks' Dead at 69

'King of the Quarterbacks' Dead at 69

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1149858/149858" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Before Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly, there was Johnny U. — number 19. More than 30 years after he threw his last off-the-ear spiral in the NFL, Johnny Unitas is still regarded by many as the quintessential field general and one of football's all-time greatest — and gutsiest — performers. He died Wednesday at 69 of an apparent heart attack.

Related NPR Stories