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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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  • Injured knee holds up 'really well,' but hobbled Joe Flacco does not in Ravens' loss

    Injured knee holds up 'really well,' but hobbled Joe Flacco does not in Ravens' loss
    As quarterback Joe Flacco, barefoot and braceless, leaned on the lectern after Sunday's 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots, he made a point not to use his left knee, sore and swollen in recent days, as an excuse for an uneven performance. Flacco...
  • Ravens' Joe Flacco says he won't need surgery on left knee

    Ravens' Joe Flacco says he won't need surgery on left knee
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played through pain during the final two games after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Detroit Lions in Week 15. Flacco said, however, that he won't need to undergo offseason surgery to...
  • 2013 a bust but Ravens aren't going anywhere, offensive line needs an overhaul and more from Sunday's loss

    2013 a bust but Ravens aren't going anywhere, offensive line needs an overhaul and more from Sunday's loss
    For half a decade, the Ravens spoiled their faithful fans. With Joe Flacco under center and John Harbaugh wearing the head coach’s headset, the Ravens went to the playoffs five years in a row, the only team to accomplish that feat over that span....
  • After 34-17 loss to Bengals, Ravens miss playoffs for first time since 2007

    After 34-17 loss to Bengals, Ravens miss playoffs for first time since 2007
    Joe Flacco walked slowly off the field, his hands resting on his hips and his head down. He didn’t even give a cursory glance at the Cincinnati Bengals celebrating in the end zone. When he finally got to the sideline following Dre Kirkpatrick&...
  • Ravens defense struggles to get to Bengals QB Andy Dalton in season finale

    Ravens defense struggles to get to Bengals QB Andy Dalton in season finale
    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton convinced Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs that he was handing the football off to rookie running back Giovani Bernard in the fourth quarter Sunday, selling his fake adeptly enough to get Suggs to crash...
  • Ravens' players and fans come to terms with sudden end to season

    Ravens' players and fans come to terms with sudden end to season
    The final group of Ravens started trickling out of the visiting locker room at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday evening, heading first to Baltimore and then into an offseason that started far earlier than it expected. For the first time since 2007, the...
  • For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense

    For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense
    After his franchise signal caller this week criticized the use of the two-quarterback offense, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were willing to do whatever it took to move the ball offensively. By saying as much, Harbaugh made it clear that Joe Flacco'...
  • Ravens Notebook: Flacco questionable, but expected to play

    Ravens Notebook: Flacco questionable, but expected to play
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made it through the final full practice of the week without further injuring his sprained left knee. Flacco, who practiced on a limited basis all week while wearing a brace on his left knee, was listed as questionable on...
  • Rice vows to regain top form in 2014

    In the midst of his most difficult season, Ravens running back Ray Rice vowed that he'll rededicate himself during the offseason to regaining his form as one of the top all-purpose backs in the league. During a season in which he battled a strained...
  • Instant analysis of the Ravens' 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17

    Instant analysis of the Ravens' 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17
    Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 of the 2013 NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens' final game of 2013 proved to be a microcosm of their season. They made a slew of...
  • Deemed a playoff team in April, Ravens have yet to prove Ozzie Newsome right

    Deemed a playoff team in April, Ravens have yet to prove Ozzie Newsome right
    For the better part of an hour, general manager Ozzie Newsome answered questions about the Ravens' numerous offseason losses, their remaining roster holes and the challenge they would face trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Finally, he decided to...
  • To help fix a Ravens offense with flaws, QB Joe Flacco must address his own

    To help fix a Ravens offense with flaws, QB Joe Flacco must address his own
    Standing by a bench late in the Ravens' season finale, quarterback Joe Flacco frowned and shook his head in disgust. An errant pass intended for and thrown well behind wide receiver Torrey Smith had just landed in the hands of Cincinnati Bengals...