By Chris Willis, NFL Films
|1958 Baltimore Federal Savings & Loan advertisement|
For several years Unitas was a pitchman for Baltimore Federal Savings & Loan Association. These ads appeared mainly in the Baltimore Sun Magazine.
Unitas also appeared in local Baltimore ads for Crown Gold Gasoline. This full-page ad appears in all of the 1959 Colts programs.
Unitas also did national ads like this one for Royal Crown Cola in 1960. This is my all-time favorite ad that Johnny U did.
During the early sixties Unitas posed for clothing ads for Marlboro shirts featuring Arnel and Fortrel material. Unitas looked so natural posing for the camera.
|1961 Marlboro shirts advertisement|
Here is an ad Unitas did for Heinz soup.
In the 1964 Colts Yearbook Unitas appears in a full-page ad for Jarman Pontiac, a car dealership in Baltimore.
Later in the sixties Unitas appeared in national ads for Aamco.
|1968 newspaper ad of Unitas for Aamco|
Besides cars and transmissions Unitas also pitched hardware tools and equipment for Black & Decker.
Unitas could pitch any product and over his career he did. Anything from soft drinks, to gas, to clothes, to socks and yes
But one of his all-time best sales job was appearing in ads for air rifles and BB-Guns. Classic!
Unitas was certainly one of the NFL's all-time best pitchmen.
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