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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 RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday

    Ravens RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday
    Ravens star running back Ray Rice practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and said he plans to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, mapping out his return after missing one game with a strained left hip flexor. Although Rice was regarded as close to...
  • Talking Ravens-Bills with Brian Galliford, a Bills blogger for Buffalo Rumblings

    Talking Ravens-Bills with Brian Galliford, a Bills blogger for Buffalo Rumblings
    Now that the NFL season is here, I’m putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens’ opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Houston Texans

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Houston Texans
    Ravens 30, Texans 9 Strategy: Jim Caldwell tried establishing the Ravens' ground game without much success, attempting 31 carries for 75 yards and one touchdown with Ray Rice sidelined with a hip injury. They were picky about passes, opting mostly for...
  • Joe Flacco's wife gives birth to baby boy Sunday, but quarterback plays

    Joe Flacco's wife gives birth to baby boy Sunday, but quarterback plays
    Joe Flacco's phone started buzzing a little bit before noon Sunday. As teammates pulled on their pads and bobbed their head to whatever music was bumping in their headphones, the Ravens quarterback interrupted his pregame routine to answer the call he had...
  • Ravens' Dumervil: 'Coming here has been great'

    Ravens' Dumervil: 'Coming here has been great'
    There is noise all around Elvis Dumervil. Terrell Suggs is singing to no one in particular. Lardarius Webb is playfully yelling at a teammate. The sound of a whistle followed by the boom of a coach's voice is heard from an adjacent field. About 50...
  • Rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown a surprising catch for Ravens

    Rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown a surprising catch for Ravens
    As Marlon Brown limped back to the Georgia locker room, the shock subsided and reality hit him as hard as the Ole Miss defender's helmet had hit his left kneecap. The team's trainer had just told him that his anterior cruciate ligament was shredded. His...
  • Against Cleveland Browns, Ravens seek a more balanced offensive attack

    Against Cleveland Browns, Ravens seek a more balanced offensive attack
    The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners. Whether they pay homage to last year's team by getting back...
  • Ravens hopeful Ray Rice won't be sidelined long with hip injury

    Ravens hopeful Ray Rice won't be sidelined long with hip injury
    Ravens star running back Ray Rice suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, a potential setback for the offense. Although the injury initially appeared serious as trainers attended to...
  • Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong this week

    Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong this week
    After a rocky loss to the Denver Broncos, the Ravens will get a chance to right their ship against the Cleveland Browns, a team they have defeated 10 straight times. While I think the Browns, who have a good defense, will put up a fight, picking an 11th...
  • In Ozzie Newsome the Ravens trust

    In Ozzie Newsome the Ravens trust
    As Steve Bisciotti tells it, neither he nor John Harbaugh is patient when it comes to the Ravens. So when a big decision confronts them and emotions are boiling, they turn to their in-house Solomon, also known as Ozzie Newsome. They do so knowing full...
  • Ravens' salary-cap update: $1.645 million available

    Ravens' salary-cap update: $1.645 million available
    The Ravens have $1.645 million in salary-cap space under the NFL limit of $123 million. The Ravens signed veteran running back Bernard Scott to a one-year, $715,000 contract. It counts $298,824 against the salary cap under the minimum salary benefit....
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson will look back at the Ravens' previous game. Steelers 19, Ravens 16 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell all but scrapped the I-formation, making a bid to accelerate the tempo through a...