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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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  • Don't expect Joe Flacco to be babied by Gary Kubiak

    Don't expect Joe Flacco to be babied by Gary Kubiak
    When training camp started last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was friendly and happy. He joked with teammates more than usual and was more animated and vocal. At that time, a lot of us thought his leadership was emerging because the Ravens had...
  • Ngata, Wieters and others add hometown appeal to snack foods

    Ngata, Wieters and others add hometown appeal to snack foods
    The recipe is familiar, but with a fresh twist. Mix the salty, crunchy goodness of traditional munchies with the spicy kick reminiscent of Maryland's steamed crabs — and add the power of several professional Baltimore athletes for good measure...
  • Coffee Companion (6/11): Machado appealing suspension, IronBirds season nears

    Coffee Companion (6/11): Machado appealing suspension, IronBirds season nears
    Morning, y’all. I’ve replaced Jon for today’s Coffee Companion, where we recap yesterday’s sports headlines, because he feels sleep is important, or something. Regardless, your daily trip to the water cooler is approaching, which...
  • Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak throwing everything at Ravens

    Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak throwing everything at Ravens
    Standing in the middle of the Ravens' practice field Tuesday, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak directed traffic by pointing his fingers and huddling frequently with quarterback Joe Flacco. The hiring of Kubiak in late January was a dramatic change...
  • Instant analysis on the Ravens' first-round pick C.J. Mosley

    Instant analysis on the Ravens' first-round pick C.J. Mosley
    Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors react to the Ravens' first-round selection of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens always say that they draft the best-player-...
  • When faced with several options, the Ravens made the right move

    When faced with several options, the Ravens made the right move
    The Ravens were stuck in no man's land when they selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick. But they made the best of the situation. Mosley was a great linebacker last season and one of the top players in college football....
  • Ravens draft Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round

    Ravens draft Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round
    The Ravens drafted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round with the 194th overall selection, their final pick in the draft. Wenning is expected to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the backup quarterback job. "I’m a good competitor...
  • Source: New Haven TE Mike Flacco signing with the Chargers

    Source: New Haven TE Mike Flacco signing with the Chargers
    New Haven tight end Mike Flacco is heading to the NFL. The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is signing an undrafted free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source. Mike Flacco, 26, declared early for the NFL...
  • In NFL draft, Ravens 'were not going to just reach down' to pick an offensive tackle

    In NFL draft, Ravens 'were not going to just reach down' to pick an offensive tackle
    When the Ravens came within striking distance of picking a viable offensive tackle during the NFL draft, the options disappeared. Demand for quality offensive tackles quickly outweighed the supply Thursday as four were taken ahead of the Ravens'...
  • 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...
  • After NFL draft, offensive line remains Ravens' biggest weakness

    After NFL draft, offensive line remains Ravens' biggest weakness
    An average football team had an average draft. The Ravens came away from the annual event held over the weekend with nine rookies, but only two — linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Terrence Brooks — will have immediate impact. A third,...
  • Ravens need impact players, not projects, in this year's draft

    Ravens need impact players, not projects, in this year's draft
    The onus for the Ravens in this year's NFL draft is to come away with a player who can have an immediate impact, not another project. It's hard to evaluate a draft until three or four years later. But last year's was filled with projects, which is...