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Unitas’ Helmet Was Spur of Moment Gift

Johnny Unitas game-worn helmet It’s a story that takes you back to the days when the Colts were Baltimore’s team, complete with marching band. Johnny U walked off the field at the end of one of those seasons and handed his helmet to a band member. Now it’s headed for auction.

Sports memorabilia had value back in the 1960s…sentimental value. That was especially true in Baltimore where John Unitas once casually handed off a helmet he wouldn’t be using anymore.

The helmet was a prized piece of John Ziemann’s collection but he sold it, he says, to raise money for charity. Now, it’s up for sale again.

Unitas, it seems, touched a lot of lives, including the doctor who was there when he died of a heart attack.

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