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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 hits high, low points in camp Wednesday

    Joe Flacco hits high, low points in camp Wednesday
    Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field around 1 p.m.¬†after Tuesday’s day off and didn’t come off the field until just after 4 p.m. Mother Nature continued to smile on the team, providing another tolerable summer day.
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    The Starfish Classic lacrosse games for former Hammond high school players, will be held on Aug. 2 at Hammond High's turf field. The Classic honors the memory of a classy lady, Gay Petrlik, who died of cancer on May 26, 2013. A girls game will lead...

    Ravens camp highlights from Monday, July 28

    Setting the scene The Ravens' first of two open practices at M&T Bank Stadium started just before 7 p.m. on a warm and breezy night. The Ravens announced the crowd at 28,323, though some headed for the exits when it started to rain with about 45...

    Browns' Pettine banking on Manziel slowing partying

    Johnny Manziel is closing in on No. 1 in jersey sales, which is fine with Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. It means Manziel's off-field behavior wasn't a headline. "I've talked to him. I don't think I used the phrase 'tone it down,'" Pettine...

    Ravens coach John Harbaugh setting the tone on a new season

    Ravens coach John Harbaugh setting the tone on a new season
    The walls of Ravens coach John Harbaugh's office are decorated by framed slogans he cites frequently in speeches to his team. His phone and computer contain dozens of other motivational quotes that he passed along to his players during their weeks apart...