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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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  • Harbaugh noncommital about potential staff changes

    Harbaugh noncommital about potential staff changes
    Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about any potential changes on his coaching staff today, acknowledging that nothing immediate is planned but failing to rule out moves in the future. “I don't want to get into all that right now...
  • Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor provides early spark, then fizzles

    Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor provides early spark, then fizzles
    As Tyrod Taylor took his place behind center for a handful of snaps on Sunday, Joe Flacco stood out wide near the sideline, his $120.6 million hands stuffed into his handwarmer and his body language screaming that he had little interest in running...
  • Defenses paying extra attention to Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta the past two games

    Defenses paying extra attention to Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta the past two games
    When Dennis Pitta caught six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in his return to the field in Week 14, it was seen as a sign of big things to come for the Ravens tight end. But over his past two games, Pitta has just six receptions on 11 targets -- as...
  • Seven tidbits and takeaways from John Harbaugh's season-ending press conference

    Seven tidbits and takeaways from John Harbaugh's season-ending press conference
    John Harbaugh met with the Baltimore media on Tuesday morning to talk about his first non-winning season as the Ravens’ head coach and where his team will go from here. The franchise will hold its annual “State of the Ravens” presser...
  • Bengals have talent and home advantage, and a good chance of losing to Ravens

    Bengals have talent and home advantage, and a good chance of losing to Ravens
    As long as the Bengals reside in Cincinnati, there is always hope the Ravens will win. And if the Ravens can't find a way to win, the Bengals might find a way to lose. That's why there shouldn't be any gloom in Baltimore as the Ravens head to Cincinnati...
  • March 2013: Bel Air payroll firm abruptly closes; top teacher named

    March 2013: Bel Air payroll firm abruptly closes; top teacher named
    AccuPay, Inc., a Bel Air payroll company, permanently closed after a local business filed suit against the company. AccuPay collected and withheld client's payroll taxes, but did not pay the full amount to the state and federal governments. AccuPay...
  • Beating Steelers was critical, but Ravens still have room for improvement

    Beating Steelers was critical, but Ravens still have room for improvement
    The Ravens may have had their most important win of the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this team still has room for a lot of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens will welcome five field...
  • Snap count observations from the Ravens' win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night

    Snap count observations from the Ravens' win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night
    When the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers last month, Jameel McClain played his first game in nearly a year and took the majority of the snaps at weak-side linebacker in place of Josh Bynes, who sat out the game with an infected finger. After that...
  • NFL to review Mike Tomlin sideline play for potential discipline

    NFL to review Mike Tomlin sideline play for potential discipline
    The NFL will conduct a review for potential discipline of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for stepping onto the field during Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' kickoff return, according to a league spokesman. The play Thursday night, which wasn'...
  • Deep thoughts with Joe Flacco and the Ravens

    Deep thoughts with Joe Flacco and the Ravens
    The Ravens have had deep thoughts all season, with only the Detroit Lions throwing the ball beyond 20 yards more often, but until a couple of weeks ago the results they desired had not been coming into fruition. Over the past two weeks, though, the...
  • Ravens missed a chance to prove they belong with the top-notch teams

    Ravens missed a chance to prove they belong with the top-notch teams
    The Ravens said they were treating the matchup with the New England Patriots as a playoff game, and they got a look at what a top-notch playoff team with an elite quarterback looks like. The Patriots embarrassed the Ravens in front of a packed M&T...
  • Ray Rice remains optimistic the running game will improve

    Ray Rice remains optimistic the running game will improve
    It was his turn, so Ray Rice thrust himself off an adjacent table and landed right behind a microphone without spilling so much as a drop of his drink. "That should answer the questions about my hip," Rice said, suppressing a smile. The questions...