Report: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to portray Johnny Unitas in upcoming film
First, it was Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl Champion. Now, it is Joe Flacco, the actor.
Unitas' son, Joe, told the paper that the Super Bowl MVP will play his father in the final scenes depicting the Baltimore Colts' 1958 championship game victory over the New York Giants, in what has been called "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
The movie is based on the best-selling book: "Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johny Unitas." Filming is scheduled to begin July 15 and is expected to last around nine to 12 weeks. Unitas said he would like to release the movie to coincide with the Super Bowl next year.
From the Baltimore Sun:
"Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me," Unitas said in a telephone 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. He's an awesome teammate and great leader of the team."