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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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  • Ravens begin crucial stretch with 19-3 win over the New York Jets

    Ravens begin crucial stretch with 19-3 win over the New York Jets
    Whether it was said this week in the Ravens' meeting rooms or on the practice field depends on whom you asked. But what was clear for 60 minutes Sunday against the New York Jets and in the locker room afterward was that the Ravens were intent on proving...
  • Justin Tucker's 44-yard field goal lifts Ravens to 26-23 win over Dolphins

    Justin Tucker's 44-yard field goal lifts Ravens to 26-23 win over Dolphins
    Ray Rice had welts on his forehead and upper right arm. He needed to douse his eyes with drops to clear them of dirt and sweat. After more than three hours of playing in stifling heat and humidity, the Ravens diminutive running back looked like a man...
  • After sluggish start, Ravens can't recover in 19-17 loss to Packers

    After sluggish start, Ravens can't recover in 19-17 loss to Packers
    One-by-one, Joe Flacco rattled off the Ravens’ various offensive deficiencies. The list was long, but the Ravens quarterback summed them up quite nicely. “It was overall not good,” Flacco said. “You can’t expect to play...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dickson on Pitta hip dislocation: 'I will pick him up on my back'

    Dickson on Pitta hip dislocation: 'I will pick him up on my back'
    With starting tight end Dennis Pitta now sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated hip suffered Saturday in practice, the Ravens will rely even more heavily upon Ed Dickson. Saddened by the injury to his friend, Dickson expressed determination to...
  • Ravens grounded in 41-7 loss at home to the Patriots, no longer control playoff future

    Ravens grounded in 41-7 loss at home to the Patriots, no longer control playoff future
    As the New England Patriots were turning the game into a rout with two late defensive touchdowns, wide receiver Torrey Smith sat on an otherwise empty bench, surveying a scene that no Raven could fathom. M&T Bank Stadium was just about empty by then,...
  • Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins

    Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins
    Ravens 26, Dolphins 23 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recognized a need for a more balanced, methodical approach, calling a season-high 40 runs for 133 yards. Torrey Smith, Ray Rice and Deonte Thompson were targeted on 24 of 32...
  • Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston
    Each week, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston will answer questions from readers about the Ravens. You can submit questions during every game to sports@baltimoresun.com. Here are this week's questions and answers: Is there any reason you can see why...