Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is doing pretty well for himself these days. He led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title, signed a lucrative extension and now gets to play Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas in the upcoming film Unitas We Stand, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Flacco will portray Unitas in scenes chronicling the Baltimore Colts' 1958 championship, according to the report.
Joe Unitas, Johnny Unitas' son, said the Baltimore ties were important to him. He also said that Flacco reminded him of his father, given the way he plays the game.
"A lot of the way Joe plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad," Unitas said. "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."
Joe Unitas actually said it was "humbling" for Flacco to play his father in the upcoming film. That's quite the turn of events for a quarterback who's been a polarizing figure throughout his career, especially after calling himself the best quarterback in the NFL in an April 2012 interview with Baltimore radio station WNST (via Yahoo! Sports).
However, not every member of the Unitas family is pleased with the decision to have Flacco play the part of Johnny, according to USA Today's Robert Klemko.
A grandson of Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas has added more fuel to a nasty family feud by calling Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco an 'embarrassing choice' to play his late grandfather in the upcoming film about his life...
'...If you want a real movie, hire a real actor,' wrote J.C. Unitas on Facebook...
...J.C.'s father, John Unitas Jr., calls Flacco a 'goofball.'
'If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning,' John said. 'My father was just like that. This is a joke.'
Flacco wasn't particularly dominant in the regular season in 2012, but he definitely played at an elite level in the playoffs.
He ranked 12th in quarterback rating, 14th in yards per pass attempt and 15th in passing touchdowns among qualifying quarterbacks during the regular season. Yet he proceeded to post a quarterback rating of 117.2 in four playoff games, averaging 9.1 yards per pass attempt while tossing 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions.
Unitas was considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of his time during a 17-year career with the Baltimore Colts. He won one Super Bowl (1970) and two NFL Championships ('58, '59), went to 10 Pro Bowls and won the AP NFL MVP award three times. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time team and the NFL 1960s all-decade team.
Given the honor to portray Johnny Unitas, Joe Flacco has yet another reason to celebrate. Is another trip to McDonald's in order?