“If there were a Mount Rushmore of pro football, the craggy face of Unitas would be one of the four figures on it. Tom Callahan is the perfect writer to tell the real story of Johnny U, and he does it with deep reporting and clear writing, cracking a myth etched in stone and bringing back to vivid life the real man.” —David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
“I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a football book written by somebody else that made me wish my own name was on it—until now. Johnny U is a classic.” —Dan Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough
“Magnificent . . . Tom Callahan takes us through legendary times, bringing to life the history of professional football and the great players who were the essence of gridiron competition.” —Bill Walsh, member, NFL Hall of Fame; two-time NFL Coach of the Year
“A wonderfully human portrait of a legendary sportsman . . . takes us back to a team, a town, and a time that should never be forgotten.” —Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Season of Life
“As elegant, tough, tender, and unforgettable as Johnny U himself . . . This is Hall of Fame stuff.” —Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury
“As a young dyed-in-the-wool Baltimore Colts fan, I watched Johnny U ascend from a mere mortal to a football god. Tom Callahan gives us a full-textured account, as exciting as sudden-death overtime.” —Barry Levinson, writer and director of Diner
“Destined to be acknowledged a classic . . . By page forty you’re saying to yourself, ‘I don’t want this to end.’” —Dick Stockton, longtime broadcaster, Fox Sports
From the Hardcover edition.