Johnny Unitas movie: Joe Flacco choice ripped by Unitas family members
BALTIMORE (AP/ABC7) - One Baltimore quarterback will be portraying another in a movie that's scheduled to start shooting this summer, but not everyone is happy about it.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says he'll play the part of Johnny Unitas, the former Baltimore Colts quarterback, in an upcoming movie entitled "Unitas We Stand."
The movie is being co-produced by Joe Unitas, the late quarterback's son. However, not everyone is happy about it, and at least one member of the Unitas family called the choice "embarrassing."
According to CBS Sports, J.C. Unitas, the 24-year-old grandson of Johnny U and a quarterback at Villanova University, says Flacco doesn't rise to the level of being able to play the role of his grandfather.
Joe Unitas told WBAL-TV that Flacco will portray Unitas in scenes of the 1958 NFL championship game, in which Unitas led the Colts to victory over the New York Giants. The game at Yankee Stadium ended in sudden-death overtime and is widely considered a football classic.
Other family members, though, called Flacco's pending portrayal a joke.
"My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it," J.C. Unitas told CBS Sports. "Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?"
The rift is likely rising from a longstanding family feud, during which Joe's brother, John Unitas Jr., told CBS Sports that Joe is "just a guy that's making money off (their) father."
"They're trying to do anything on the coattails of my father's name," John Jr. said. "It's like prostituting yourself.
Flacco, whose Ravens won the Super Bowl in February, said on Twitter that he's excited by the opportunity.
Filming is scheduled to start this summer.