Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will play Johnny Unitas in an upcoming movie, but the choice has been ridiculed by members of the Unitas family.
The family says it’s an “embarrassing choice’”and a “goofball” that seems to be an ongoing feud with the quarterback.
“If you want a real movie, hire a real actor,” wrote J.C. Unitas on Facebook. Added the 24-year-old former Villanova quarterback: “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., calls Flacco a “goofball.”
“If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning,” John said. “My father was just like that. This is a joke.”
The film, based on a book written by Tom Callahan, is being produced by Johnny’s son, Joe, from the quarterback’s second marriage. Joe’s mother, Sandra Unitas, unsuccessfully sued John Jr., Johnny’s eldest son from his first marriage, over control of Unitas Management, which owns the rights to the family name.
John Jr., who was a ball boy for the Colts during his father’s playing days in Baltimore, is considering legal recourse against Joe if he profits from his father’s 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.”