Manning passes Johnny U in the Colts’ record book

Posted by Andy Durham on September 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

This is hard to believe and to stomach…….

Peyton Manning earned his 119th career victory, passing Johnny Unitas in the Colts’ record book.

It came down to the final play, but the Colts hung on to beat the Dolphins 27-23, on Monday night.

We all know how hard Johnny Unitas worked for those wins and it just doesn’t seem right or is it? #19(Johnny Unitas) might have been the toughest quarterback to ever play the game, with the exception of maybe old poker-face Billy Kilmer.

Johnny U had nowhere near the talent that Peyton Manning has had surrounding him over the years and Unitas was playing football for a semi-pro team, that played their games on top of an old coal mine somewhere up in West Virginia, before he was signed by the Colts.

All the respect in the world goes to Johnny Unitas, because be know where he came from and we know that Peyton Manning had pretty much everything handed to him, by his dad Archie Manning, who also had to fight for what he got, but not Peyton or Eli. Those Manning boys had it all laid out for them and they just had to go get it and take it to the top…….

They say Manning had the answer, but when I look at the “U” in Johnny U, I still see the horseshoe that has been symbolic of the Colts over the years.

Johnny U lives on in my book, but again those that are watching and playing the game today say that Manning is the answer:

The answer: Manning. He earned his 119th victory with the Colts, breaking the team record for a quarterback he shared with Johnny Unitas.

”I don’t feel comfortable with these comparisons to Unitas,” Manning said. ”But I’m very proud to wear the same uniform as Johnny Unitas. He was a real winner.”

Johnny Unitas was real winner, now that’s defintely true, that’s Johnny U……


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