Amazing era in Colt history. We had , or Baltimore had , 3-4 players that probably were pretty much "freaks of nature" (2 of them anyway) and were considered by most to be the best ever at the position. That being Parker , Unitas , Berry and I would include Liscomb . Parker and Liscomb were just so physically superior to the competitin , whie Berry and Unitas were ... well.. Berry and Unitas.
Thanks for reading the rather long story but I thought it was a humerous , amazing , insightful story. Glad at least one guy was interested enough to read it. I too love to read about the guys I watched years back. I was doing a little research for Bert Jones stuff and found that even though he was probably my favorite Colt , I really didn't realize that injuries just played so much havoc with his career. I knew about the shoulder issue but it seems like the poor guy was only really healthy a few years. Plus I found that he was always at odds with the * Tiger Irsay. That led to the trade to the Rams. Here were a couple excerts on Jones...
The widely respected scout Ernie Accorsi is quoted as saying that if Bert Jones had played under different circumstances, he probably would have been the greatest player ever. John Riggins has been quoted as saying Bert was the toughest competitor he has ever witnessed. On the eve of Super Bowl XLII New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in discussing his choices for the greatest quarterbacks of all time, described Jones as the best "pure passer" he ever saw.
I am a COLT fan. I as originally a Baltimore Colt fan, and now and Indy Colt fan. I get annoyed when people act like the Baltimore Colts are a different team. The first time I saw the Colts, Bert Jones was the QB. If you look at what he did in 1976, that was one of the great passing seasons if you take it in the context of the 70s where completion percentage weren't high. I remember Bert being hurt a lot, so Greg Landry, Bill Troup, and Mike Kirkland got to play some. It is unfortunate that version of the Colts seem to be overlooked. Joyce, Donavon, Lipscomb, and Marchetti were great. But Dutton, Cook, Barnes, and Ehrmann were pretty darn good too. Dutton and Cook were dominate. They didn't keep sack stats them but Fred Cook was like Richard Dent.
I am always up to reading about great Colts. That was a very good story and I appreciate you posting it. Good choice with Bert Jones being you favorite player. It almost seems unfair that one franchise can say they have had John Unitas, Bert Jones, Peyton Manning, and now Andrew Luck at QB. I cannot think of another NFL that can boast QBs of that level.