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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL his...
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The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first two playoff starts. Flacco and the Ravens fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game, ending the season with a 13-6 record.

Flacco was born Jan. 16, 1985 in Audubon, N.J. He began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Delaware and starting for the Blue Hens as a junior and senior.
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  • Joe Flacco, Eugene Monroe, Timmy Jernigan not practicing

    Joe Flacco, Eugene Monroe, Timmy Jernigan not practicing
    It was a strange feeling for tight end Dennis Pitta when he walked onto the Ravens’ practice field Wednesday and didn’t see quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco was absent because of an illness.
  • Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's game against Cleveland

    Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's game against Cleveland
    Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, are based on just two games and could be misleading, but...

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Steelers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Steelers
    Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson looks back at the Ravens' game each week and looks ahead to their next opponent. GAME PLAN: Instead of airing it out and employing a no-huddle offense the way they did frequently in ineffective fashion during a loss...

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston (Sept. 16)

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston (Sept. 16)
    Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions about the Ravens' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 and more. What's your take on the Ravens after only two games? The offense looked bad in the first game, much improved in the...

    Cleveland Browns make AFC North interesting to watch

    Cleveland Browns make AFC North interesting to watch
    Congratulations to Cleveland Browns fans. They finally have a competitive team back in the National Football League. The Browns were on that level in December 2002, the last time they went to the playoffs. Of course, they lost in the first round to...