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Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Detailed view of an Indianapolis Colts helmet on the sidelines against the Denver Broncos in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Unitas

Far from being a highly coveted prospect, Unitas was taken in the ninth round of the draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be cut before the season ever began – not exactly a memorable rookie season.

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Taking a gamble at an open tryout – after having to borrow the money to get there, Unitas landed a job with the Baltimore Colts, and the rest as they say, is history.

In what can be called his true rookie season – his first with Baltimore – Unitas posted a 3-4 record in his seven starts, completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,.498 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Of course, Unitas would go on to throw for more than 40,000 yards, earn 10 Pro Bowl nods, be named first team All Pro five times, be named NFL MVP four times, become a three time NFL Champion, win a Super Bowl Championship, become a Hall of Famer in 1979, and become widely recognized as one of the greatest to ever play the position.

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