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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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  • Harbaugh keeps feelings about Flacco's wildcat criticism close to the vest

    Harbaugh keeps feelings about  Flacco's wildcat criticism close to the vest
    A day after quarterback Joe Flacco called the two-quarterback offense the Ravens unveiled Sunday a “high school offense” and said he didn’t think the team would utilize it going forward, coach John Harbaugh said Flacco’s feelings...
  • Breaking down the Ravens vs. Steelers Thanksgiving matchup

    Breaking down the Ravens vs. Steelers Thanksgiving matchup
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco played one of his better games this season in a 19-16 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 20. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions. Since that game, he's thrown as many...
  • Ravens-Steelers history could mean another close game Thursday night

    Ravens-Steelers history could mean another close game Thursday night
    Ravens running back Ray Rice shook his head for a moment while reflecting on one of the most frustrating aspects of this difficult season. No one in the NFL has been involved in as many close games as the Ravens this season, and the results haven’...
  • Mike Preston's Report Card

    QUARTERBACK A Joe Flacco had one of his best games. The most impressive part was his footwork in the pocket. When the Steelers got pressure, Flacco bought time by stepping up or moving around in the pocket. It might have been his most complete game of...
  • For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense

    For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense
    After his franchise signal caller this week criticized the use of the two-quarterback offense, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were willing to do whatever it took to move the ball offensively. By saying as much, Harbaugh made it clear that Joe Flacco'...
  • After a dark season, the Ravens get just the late-season spark they need

    After a dark season, the Ravens get just the late-season spark they need
    This could be the spark the Ravens need to make a late-season run. The Ravens have now won two in a row, and played their most complete game in quite a while against their archrival Thursday. The Pittsburgh Steelers could be on their way out of the...
  • Instant analysis of the Ravens' 22-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Instant analysis of the Ravens' 22-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 13 of the NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Did you expect anything less from a Ravens-Steelers game? If the Ravens do...
  • Ravens hold off Steelers' rally for 22-20 victory on Thanksgiving night

    Ravens hold off Steelers' rally for 22-20 victory on Thanksgiving night
    The Ravens are very much back in playoff position, and they can thank Joe Flacco's arm, Justin Tucker's foot and the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders. Who needs anything like the wildcat offense when your quarterback is keeping the...
  • Flacco out-duels Big Ben and cages the wildcat, the Ravens defense is flimsy late, and more from Thursday's win

    Flacco out-duels Big Ben and cages the wildcat, the Ravens defense is flimsy late, and more from Thursday's win
    Joe Flacco did not sound like a man who had just led his team to its biggest victory of the season. Standing at the podium late Thursday night -- or was it early Friday morning? -- Flacco harped on missed opportunities against the Pittsburgh Steelers...
  • 'NBC Sunday Night Football' still the best in television

    'NBC Sunday Night Football' still the best in television
    It was true last year, and it was true again Thanksgiving night: No one does the NFL like “NBC Sunday Night Football.” From the opening aerial shots making even old Baltimore look all glittery and glam, to Bob Costas welcoming tens of...
  • Ravens notebook: Steelers' Mike Tomlin drifts close to Jacoby Jones on return

    Ravens notebook: Steelers' Mike Tomlin drifts close to Jacoby Jones on return
    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin drifted onto the field with his back turned to the play in the third quarter Thursday night, narrowly avoiding a collision with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return. The bizarre sequence...
  • Ravens suddenly back in AFC playoff hunt, but still need to fix 'little things'

    Ravens suddenly back in AFC playoff hunt, but still need to fix 'little things'
    In a Ravens locker room flooded with a mixture of excitement, frustration and relief late Thursday night, running back Ray Rice sent a message to those who had already forecast his team's demise. "The Ravens are back," he said, swept up in the emotion...