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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 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...
  • Jacoby Jones hurts knee, Michael Oher sprains ankle

    Jacoby Jones hurts knee, Michael Oher sprains ankle
    It was a costly game for the Ravens' offense and special teams Thusday night, sustaining damaging losses in terms of injuries as two key players left the game nursing ailments. First, Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones sprained his knee in the second...
  • Stokley knows that scoring points is best defense against Manning

    Stokley knows that scoring points is best defense against Manning
    Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley spent four seasons with quarterback Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and the two reunited last year for one season in Denver. Like Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and tight end Dallas Clark, Stokley has great...
  • Ravens-Broncos Week 1 picks

    Ravens-Broncos Week 1 picks
    Monique Jones Broncos 34, Ravens 28 No matter what the Broncos have said this week, they've been waiting all offseason for this match-up. The Mile High air could be a challenge for the Ravens in the season opener. Mike Preston Broncos 28, Ravens...
  • Finally, CBS Sports brings some energy, passion to Ravens telecast

    Finally, CBS Sports brings some energy, passion to Ravens telecast
    On Sunday afternoon, CBS Sports delivered a telecast of the Ravens' 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that was worthy of prime time. In fact, the first half was as good a half of NFL TV coverage as I have seen all year -- and that includes my...
  • After reaching NFL's mountaintop, what's next for Ravens QB Joe Flacco?

    After reaching NFL's mountaintop, what's next for Ravens QB Joe Flacco?
    This time a year ago, Joe Flacco was still viewed as a quarterback who couldn't get his team to the Super Bowl. He was still playing for a big contract after betting on himself by declining the Ravens' initial offers. He was still waiting for the Ravens...
  • Ravens reward coach John Harbaugh with contract extension

    Ravens reward coach John Harbaugh with contract extension
    Quarterback Joe Flacco was not the only one to be rewarded financially after the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII in February. Coach John Harbaugh, who has led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his five seasons at the helm, agreed to a four-...
  • 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...
  • 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, Broncos could be in a hurry Thursday

    Ravens, Broncos could be in a hurry Thursday
    When the Ravens and Broncos kick off the regular season Thursday night, count on seeing defenders gasping for thin mountain air as the two quarterbacks race their offenses to the line of scrimmage to run play after play. Peyton Manning has long been a...
  • Joe Flacco struggled on shorter throws against Denver

    Joe Flacco struggled on shorter throws against Denver
    At first glance, Joe Flacco's numbers from Thursday night were eye-popping, the kind of stats that make fantasy football players happy. He threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 49-27 loss. But it took him 62 passes -- he...
  • John Harbaugh stands behind decisions, says Ravens will remain aggressive

    John Harbaugh stands behind decisions, says Ravens will remain aggressive
    The Ravens' aggressive approach on offense backfired Sunday, triggering plenty of second-guessing. The Ravens managed to rush for only 3 yards on four runs during a first-and-goal situation as the Green Bay Packers defense stopped running backs Ray Rice...