Ravens QB Joe Flacco to portray Johnny Unitas in upcoming film

Brian McIntyre
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will add "actor" to his resume as the Super Bowl XLVII MVP and $120.6 million dollar man will portray the legendary Johnny Unitas in the upcoming film "Unitas We Stand", reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Joe Unitas, Johnny Unitas' son, says that Flacco will portray his Hall of Fame father in scenes from the 1958 NFL championship game, or "The Greatest Game Ever Played".

"Obviously, the Baltimore ties are very important to me," Joe Unitas said. "I think it's great that Joe just won the Super Bowl with the Ravens and was Most Valuable Player in the game. A lot of the way Joe plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad. 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."

Filming will take place this summer and will not interfere with Flacco's availability for the start of training camp.

"I'm excited and honored by the opportunity to play Johnny Unitas," Flacco said in a statement posted on www.unitaswestand.com, the film's official website.

In addition to delivering a Super Bowl for the city of Baltimore, acting will be another thing that Flacco and Unitas will have in common. Unitas appeared in films such as "Gus", "Any Given Sunday", "Runaway Bride" and guest-starred as himself in an episode of "The Simpsons".

Joe Unitas hopes to have the film ready for release by Super Bowl XLVIII. The Ravens hope Flacco will be too busy to attend the premier.

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