Joe Flacco will portray Johnny Unitas in film this summer

April 7, 2013

The Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning QB. (John McDonnell / Washington Post)

Joe Flacco will lace up a pair of high-tops and pull on some high-waisted football pants sometime this summer, the better to portray Johnny Unitas in an movie.

The Colts' legendary QB. (AP)
The Colts’ legendary QB. (AP)

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has signed to portray the Baltimore Colts’ legendary quarterback in the football scenes in “Unitas We Stand.” based on the book “Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas.”

I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to play Johnny Unitas,” Flacco said in a statement on film’s website.

Flacco is about five inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than Unitas.

“A lot of the way Joe plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad,” Joe Unitas, the son of the Hall of Famer and a screenwriter and producer on the project, told the Baltimore Sun. “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.”

Production is set to begin in mid-July and will be scheduled around Flacco’s schedule.

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