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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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  • Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Minnesota Vikings

    Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Minnesota Vikings
    Ravens 29, Vikings 26 STRATEGY: The Ravens attempted 50 passes despite a heavy snowfall, acknowledging that the passing game is their primary strength. It was ultimately a successful approach despite quarterback Joe Flacco's being erratic with three...
  • After a sluggish first half in the snow, Joe Flacco welcomes playing in a dome Monday

    After a sluggish first half in the snow, Joe Flacco welcomes playing in a dome Monday
    Like cars driving through the slippery streets of Baltimore, the players on the snow-covered turf at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday had trouble gaining traction and were forced to slow down to avoid spinning out. Those weather conditions made it easier to...
  • Ravens rookie Marlon Brown earning Joe Flacco's trust, especially inside the red zone

    Ravens rookie Marlon Brown earning Joe Flacco's trust, especially inside the red zone
    As Joe Flacco scanned the field in the final seconds of Sunday’s 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings, he was not thinking about the pedigrees or the paychecks of the pass-catchers he could potentially throw to. If he did, he might have targeted...
  • Ravens have to overcome road woes stay in playoff contention

    Ravens have to overcome road woes stay in playoff contention
    The Ravens were blown out in Denver, they self-destructed in Buffalo and they didn't make the key plays late in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. After three straight victories at home, the Ravens understand that the only way they'll make the...
  • Calvin Johnson prepared to show Matt Elam his 'old-man strength'

    Calvin Johnson prepared to show Matt Elam his 'old-man strength'
    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson certainly doesn’t need any extra motivation. But a day after Ravens’ rookie Matt Elam called him “old,” the 28-year-old couldn’t help but have a little bit of fun at the rookie...
  • Eugene Monroe is giving the Ravens steady contributions on the offensive line

    Eugene Monroe is giving the Ravens steady contributions on the offensive line
    Growing up in Plainfield, N.J., Ravens left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe would rise at dawn whenever his father was heading out for his latest contractor job. As the youngest of 10 brothers and five sisters, Monroe quickly became accustomed to the...
  • Joe Flacco chalks up his fourth-quarter success to experience in close games

    Joe Flacco chalks up his fourth-quarter success to experience in close games
    When the Ravens regained control of the ball Sunday down five points midway through the fourth quarter, quarterback Joe Flacco might as well have met the moment with a shrug. After all, once you have rallied your team past a top-seeded team in double...
  • Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Detroit Lions

    Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Detroit Lions
    RUSHING GAME RAVENS: A beleaguered Ravens running game took baby steps last week, gaining 97 total yards and averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Though he had pedestrian numbers, Ray Rice ran hard and also was a threat out of the backfield with five...
  • Gino Gradkowski at center of improved effort from embattled Ravens offensive line

    Gino Gradkowski at center of improved effort from embattled Ravens offensive line
    It has been a rough transition for the Ravens at the center position, going from one of the best centers of his generation in Matt Birk to second-year player Gino Gradkowski. That says more about how underrated Birk may have been in his final couple of...
  • Four Ravens-Lions predictions sure to go wrong

    Four Ravens-Lions predictions sure to go wrong
    As a blanket of white powder covered the field during last Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, the weather turned my crystal ball into a snow globe. There were a couple of close calls, but only one of my predictions came true. I feel...
  • Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta takes impressive path to recovery from hip injury

    Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta takes impressive path to recovery from hip injury
    Each time the ambulance hit a pothole, Dennis Pitta experienced a new level of agony. There were so many things on his mind. Was his season over? Was his career in jeopardy? How was his wife? Serious reflection, though, would have to wait. The pain...
  • Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam overcomes slow start

    Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam overcomes slow start
    The final word belongs to Ravens rookie free safety Matt Elam. Following a week where he created unwanted headlines when he called Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Elam intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the final minute to preserve...