Unitas' grandson calls Flacco 'embarrassing choice' for movie role
Good news: Joe Flacco, Ravens quarterback, Super Bowl MVP, and man who recently signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract, will also portray Baltimore legend Johnny Unitas in a movie about the former quarterback's life. The bad news: a grandson of Johnny Unitas, J.C. Unitas, isn't super-pumped about Flacco for the role.
Good news: Joe Flacco, Ravens quarterback, Super Bowl MVP, and a man who recently signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract, will also portray Baltimore legend Johnny Unitas in a movie about the former quarterback's life.
Unitas' son, Joe Unitas, explained to the Baltimore Sun why Flacco was picked for the role.
"Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me," Joe said. "A lot of the way [Flacco] plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad. 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 [Flacco] and my dad."
This brings us to the bad news: a grandson of Johnny Unitas, J.C. Unitas, isn't super-pumped about Flacco for the role, calling it an "embarrassing choice" on his Facebook page (via the Clarion-Ledger).
J.C., the 24-year-old former Villanova quarterback, wasn't done.
"My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it. Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?"
J.C.'s father, John Unitas Jr., also had some thoughts on the matter.
"If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning," John said. "My father was just like that. This is a joke."
Doesn't leave much room for confusion.
It's also at the heart of a bigger issue -- John Unitas Jr. and his brother Joe are at odds, and it's now playing out publicly. According to the Ledger, John will consider legal recource if his brother profits from his father's name.
"It is awful. The guy's a turd," John Jr. said of Joe. "He never talked to me. He never talked to any of the first five children. He's a guy that's just making money off of my father."
John also denied Joe's request to sell T-shirts bearing the Unitas name.
"They're trying to do anything on the coattails of my father's name," John said. "It's like prostituting yourself. My father would have nothing to do with it. It makes me angry, but there's nothing I can do about it until they slip up. If they start selling some things with Johnny Unitas on it, then I have legal recourse."
J.C. added via Facebook: "It disgusts me that one of the son's of my grandfather would put his hands out and ask for donations to make a movie based off of a book that was mostly built off of non-factual events in my grandfather's life. Moreover, a movie of my grandfather conceptualized by a son who never saw my grandfather play a down of football.
"The Unitas family is a family that never asked for handouts, although it appears there is a hand out, shaking a proverbial soup can for money to fund a movie."
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