Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got his money after signing a mega contract extension last month, and now it looks like he got the part, or at least a small part.
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Flacco will play portray Johnny Unitas in the final scenes of a movie about the famed Colts quarterback called “Unitas We Stand.”
Unitas son Joe spoke about the addition of Flacco.
“Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me,” Unitas said 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. He’s an awesome teammate and great leader of the team.
“He does things the right way and is a good role model for kids and he gets what hard work is and does everything he can for the team. There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Joe and my dad. My production team is very fortunate and thankful that he’s dedicated to help us and play my dad. I know he doesn’t do a lot of things away from the game, and football players’ time off in the offseason is very valuable. For him to take time away and commit to doing this is very humbling.”
In a statement posted on the official website for the film www.unitaswestand.com, Flacco says: “I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to play Johnny Unitas.