Jul 262019

The Johnny Unitas celebrity doll is 1:6 replica of him as a 1969 Baltimore Colts football player. It is a 12 inch Starting Lineup Football Hall of Fame Legends collection action figure made by Hasbro in 1998. It came in a set with Joe Namath to commemorate Super Bowl III.

From the box:

New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts

January 12, 1969

It is known as the game that changed the course of pro football. The AFL’s New York Jets against the heavily favored NFL’s Baltimore Colts. A new breed of quarterback was going face-to-face with a perennial favorite.

The Jets were 16-point underdogs against a team that had lost only once in 16 games. Despite the odds, Jet’s quarterback, Joe Namath, boldly proclaimed three days before the historic contest, “We’re going to win this game. I guarantee it!”

To just about everyone’s surprise, Namath’s pre-game prediction came true, as he led the Jets to a shocking 16-7 upset over the powerful Colts. Namath’s stunning performance also earned him MVP honors, having completed 17 of 28 passes fir 206 yards.

In a memorable play in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, veteran quarter Johnny Unitas – who had missed most of the season with elbow injuries – came off the bench and led the Colts to their only touchdown of the game. Unitas, a team man through and through, was willing to go to any lengths for his team.

But the Jets were simply a better team that day!


Johnny Unitas was one of the most followed players in football. Fans came to expect the impossible from him, watching in awe of his ability to do all the right things on the field. From his rookie season to his final year of play in 1973, Unitas filled the record books with game-winning heroics and accomplishments. Ranking high on the list was his throwing of a least one touchdown pass in 47 straight games, including two NFL championships. Johnny Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Game on July 28, 1979.


The Johnny Unitas doll comes wearing the home uniform from the Super Bowl Jets vs Colts. On top is a Colts blue and white football jersey with #19 decals on front, back and sleeves, UNITAS on the back.  Underneath is a soft plastic shoulder and chest pad harness strapped to the body (Visit the Brett Favre doll to see photos of the Starting Lineup shoulder pad harness).  On the bottom is  a detailed, padded, blue striped on white football pants held up by a metal gold toned buckled blue cloth belt.  Pants have an elastic waist so they can be taken off and for tucking in the jersey.  Under the pants are half blue and half white with a blue stripe  football knee high socks and black plastic football cleats.   A white towel tucks into the belt at the waist and white terry sweat bands velcro on the wrists. 

Accessories include a white plastic Colts horseshoe insignia football helmet with silver plastic guard and a soft plastic mouth strap and a slightly undersized for the scale plastic football.   The doll can be completely undressed.

The action figure is articulated at the wrist, elbow, shoulders, neck, waist, hips knees, and ankles. Head tilts and turns as does the waist.  The doll can be fairly easily be balanced in poses to stand on it’s own. 

 The Celebrity Doll Museum™ also has the Joe Namath action figure in the collection.

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