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August 12, 2007

Given to Fly: Manning, Colts arrival for camp this year special for longtime Unitas fan

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TERRE HAUTE —

Three years after being cut by the Steelers in 1958, Unitas led the Colts to the NFL championship in what is often referred to as “the greatest game ever played.” The Colts beat the Giants 23-17 in overtime and Unitas led the Colts to another title in 1959.

During the Colts’ recent run to the Super Bowl title, a sprinkling of No. 19 Unitas jerseys popped up among the No. 18 of Manning worn by thousands of Indianapolis fans.

And when the Colts played the Bears in this year’s Super Bowl, it was a dream come true for Agresta.

“It’s funny … I could have been a completely staunch Bears fan,” he said, recalling his dad’s aforementioned passion for the Chicago team that is shared by many current residents of Terre Haute. “I still love the fact they beat New England in 1985 [for the Bears’ last Super Bowl title].”

But there was no doubt who he was rooting for in the Super Bowl.

“I’m one of those guys that says you’ve got to be for the home team.”

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