To the friends and fans in the Baltimore community, throughout Maryland and across the country:
We, the Unitas family, would like to thank everyone who has shown love and support to us over the last week. The countless phone calls, letters, prayers and other forms of support our family received have been overwhelmingly uplifting to us all. From experience, we understood that he was a beloved part of Baltimore and Maryland. What we have come to learn over the past week is that he was loved and respected all over the country as well. While it is difficult to grasp the idea that one man could touch and affect so many people, it gives us all a tremendous feeling of pride that we were privileged enough to call him husband, father and Pop-Pop.
To the press and media, we want to thank you for respecting us and all of our wishes. The stories in the paper, on television and over the radio have been excellent. All of you have shown the utmost respect to our loved one. We thank you for your compassion and professionalism.
Thank you again for your support and prayers. It has meant more to us than anyone will ever know.
The Unitas Family