Survey: UofL fans say Johnny U. is the best player in school history

Published: Sep. 2, 2015 at 11:15 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2016 at 8:59 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At this pace, Lamar Jackson's name eventually will be mentioned in the debate over the best UofL football player in school history. But for now, it remains No. 16.

UofL football fans say Johnny Unitas is the best player in school history.

The Hall of Fame quarterback's UofL career certainly didn't leave NFL scouts drooling. His statistics and the Cards' record in his four years there were fairly pedestrian.

But in a 2015 survey on the WAVE 3 News Facebook page, Cards fans were clear -- it's Johnny U.

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Unitas had one of the best NFL careers in league history. He won three NFL championships before the Super Bowl era, including the 1958 title that is often referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played." He also won three NFL MVP awards and is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

UofL retired the No. 16 jersey he wore.

Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He died in 2002 at age 69.

Teddy Bridgewater, who blew out his knee just as he was getting ready to begin his third NFL season with Minnesota, came in second place in the survey.

Deion Branch, Elvis Dumervil, Michael Bush and Tom Jackson also received multiple votes.

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