Shall We Now Also Call Him Coach Matt Hasselbeck?

July 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Veteran NFL players have frequently functioned as role models to those just acclimating themselves to new systems.
This pattern often asserts itself with greater frequency in the cases of players who function at quarterback.  This marquee position has often had players referred to as “coaches on the field.”
Perhaps the first in the modern professional football era quarterback to be referred to under the aforementioned moniker was John Unitas of the Baltimore Colts, a rags to riches story.
Unitas went from a semi-pro team signal-caller to the Hall of Fame after leading the Colts to two world titles in 1958 and 1959 against one of the toughest defensive teams of the era, the New York Giants with Tom Landy as defensive coordinator.
The Giants were no pushovers on offense either with Vince Lombardi coaching on that side of the ball.
Unitas would be remembered for another reason as well as his meteoric rise and performing greatness.  His clutch...

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