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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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  • Running game is the key to Ravens coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense

    Running game is the key to Ravens coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense
    In theory, the West Coast offense doesn't appear to be ideal for an East Coast football team. Gary Kubiak's version, though, might be the perfect fit for the Ravens. The short, quick passes still will be a major staple of their offense, but in Kubiak'...
  • Ex-Ravens linebacker Bart Scott ready to 'keep it real' as CBS analyst

    Ex-Ravens linebacker Bart Scott ready to 'keep it real' as CBS analyst
    When the regular season opens next month, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott will debut on CBS's NFL Today pregame show as a commentator and analyst. Can't wait. Scott will be provocative, funny, entertaining and knowledgeable, but there also will be...
  • Bad weather, bad offense, bad defense ... good Bears win

    Bad weather, bad offense, bad defense ... good Bears win
    Of course there was overtime Sunday. The Bears-Ravens experience just wasn’t long enough. Tornadic conditions. Driving rain. A delay of nearly two hours. The Soldier Field tar pit. Thirteen Bears penalties. No offensive touchdowns until the...
  • Ravens still have some work to do

    Ravens still have some work to do
    Instead of calling the Ravens playoff contenders, for now we'll just call them a "work in progress." The Ravens barely beat the Cleveland Browns. Almost everyone predicted a blowout, but the Ravens survived. At this point in the season, that's OK. If...
  • Cornerback Jimmy Smith is on the verge of breakout season

    Cornerback Jimmy Smith is on the verge of breakout season
    Early in Wednesday's organized team activities, cornerback Jimmy Smith intercepted a pass near the 20-yard line and seconds later blew by quarterback Joe Flacco for a touchdown. Shortly after he crossed the goal line, Smith rolled out the ball and...
  • It's time to see what Ravens can do on field instead of off it

    It's time to see what Ravens can do on field instead of off it
    There was a time not so long ago when the opening of Ravens training camp was a good excuse for local fans to turn the page halfway through another disappointing baseball season, but times have changed. When the Ravens begin workouts this week, they...
  • Where are the female pro athletes?

    On Wednesday, one of my daughters asked me for help in picking the top female athlete of the past year. She's only 8 and she still thinks dad knows a thing or two, at least for the moment. She was voting in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards. She'...
  • Ravens players must take responsibility for their off-field actions

    Ravens players must take responsibility for their off-field actions
    During a 21-minute news conference Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh appeared angry, frustrated and disappointed. As he enters his seventh season, the Ravens have never had more off-field incidents than this offseason. Four of the 13 NFL players...
  • C.J. Mosley getting a range of lessons in the NFL

    C.J. Mosley getting a range of lessons in the NFL
    Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley had some tough classes at the University of Alabama, but nothing as hard as learning about playing in the National Football League. Mosley has been on a crash course since the Ravens drafted him in the first-round (17th...
  • Ozzie Newsome keeps eye on the free agent market

    Ozzie Newsome keeps eye on the free agent market
    In the past, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been able to add some quality players in the second phase of free agency because of patience, and that won't change in 2014. In 2011, the Ravens added left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie shortly...
  • Eagles, Saints face same giant playoff hurdle

    — Riley Cooper flashed a sad smile and walked away without saying a word. What the fourth-year Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was running from on Wednesday was a question about the end of his first year, when he was in his first playoff game...
  • Green Bay won't necessarily benefit from cold weather in playoffs

    Green Bay won't necessarily benefit from cold weather in playoffs
    Will an Arctic chill play into the weather-worn hands of the Green Bay Packers? Not necessarily. The forecast calls for bitter cold Sunday afternoon when the Packers play host to San Francisco in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but that doesn't...