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Pro Football’s popularity grew at the same time Johnny Unitas completely revolutionized the game. Before Johnny Unitas played teams rarely ever threw the ball. Teams stuck to the ground game to move the ball but with Unitas the Baltimore Colts constantly threw the ball down the field and introduced the two-minute offense to the sport. After being a ninth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers and failing to make it out of training camp, Unitas signed with the Baltimore Colts and immediately, things took off for him. He was an All-Pro and Pro Bowler in just his second season as a starter and went on to win three NFL Championships, earn 10 All-Pro nods, was named to seven All-Pro teams and was a four-time NFL MVP. At the time of his retirement Unitas his 40,239 career passing yards and 290 passing touchdowns were records. In 1959 he became the first person to throw for 30 touchdowns in a season (32) and his 47-game touchdown stream between 1956 to 1960 stood for 52 years before Drew Brees broke it in 2012.

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