(Lenny Moore photo courtesy Indianapolis Colts)
Talk of Fame Network
There is no game in NFL history more famous or more important than the 1958 sudden death overtime win of the Baltimore Colts over the New York Giants for the NFL championship. It has long been called “The Greatest Game Ever Played,’’ and certainly it is the most important.
Which is why the Talk of Fame Network sat down with the great Lenny Moore.
The Colts’ Hall-of-Fame running back was in the huddle that day alongside Johnny Unitas as the Colts beat one of the greatest assemblages of player and coaching talent in NFL history – the Giants of Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.
Great as those players were however, one stood out.
“Johnny Unitas was in charge!’’ Moore recalled. “Certain things came in to Johnny, but if he didn’t want to call it he didn’t call it. ‘That damn thing won’t work,’ is what he’d say.’’
Moore tells the Talk of Fame what it was like to play with Unitas, to be tutored in the art of pass receiving by Raymond Berry and to win what is known as the most important game in NFL history.
“The object is to be world champion,’’ Moore said with a laugh. “That alone makes it pretty significant to us.’’
What’s significant now to eight-time All-Pro guard Alan Faneca is the Hall’s announcement on Jan. 3 of this year’s Hall-of-Fame finalists. Faneca was a finalist in his first year of eligibility in 2015 and hopes to again become one of the final 15.
“It makes me awestruck,’’ Faneca said of the possibility of one day becoming a Hall of Famer. “It’s hard to think of yourself mentioned with those guys you idolized growing up.’’
Faneca explains why he believes the guard position, which is under-represented in the Hall, is actually a tougher position to play than the more glamorous one of tackle.
“I played tackle one year,’’ Faneca said, who believes guard is a sterner physical test than tackle. “I felt I was cheating getting to play there. It was the freshest I felt.’’
Former Super Bowl head coach John Fassel also makes his monthly “Fassel on Football’ visit, and this is a special one. A week ago his son, John, was named interim head coach of the St. Louis Rams, and Jim discusses the difficulty of taking over a team in the late stages of a losing season and the advice he gave John after taking over from head coach Jeff Fisher.
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