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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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  • Anquan Boldin returns to Ravens practice, but as a 49ers wide receiver

    Anquan Boldin returns to Ravens practice, but as a 49ers wide receiver
    San Francisco 49ers players walked around the Under Armour Performance Center on Saturday, following signs that directed them to destinations important over the next three days. Arrows pointed them to the dining area, the showers and the indoor training...
  • Instant analysis from the Ravens' preseason opener against the 49ers

    Instant analysis from the Ravens' preseason opener against the 49ers
    Now that the Ravens' preseason opener is in the books, The Baltimore Sun's reporters, columnists and editors weigh in on the team's debut in the 23-3 win against the San Francisco 49ers. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens got exactly what they wanted...
  • Ravens training camp highlights for Saturday, Aug. 9

    Ravens training camp highlights for Saturday, Aug. 9
    Setting the scene: The Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers took the field at the Ravens' Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills at 2:45 p.m. under sunny skies with one of the largest crowds of training camp looking on. The 49ers finished about 5:...
  • Joe Flacco encouraged by Ravens' progress on offense

    Joe Flacco encouraged by Ravens' progress on offense
    Only a scaled-down version of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's playbook was revealed Thursday night, but the Ravens' overhauled offense got positive reviews. Based on the limited sample of 10 plays during the Ravens' opening drive against the San...
  • Ravens running game finds preseason success in Gary Kubiak's new offense

    Ravens running game finds preseason success in Gary Kubiak's new offense
    Standing in front of his locker late Thursday night, running back Bernard Pierce smiled when reminded how the Ravens struggled mightily to run the football last season. Pierce was typically grouchy after games last year, a man of few words and even...
  • Ravens offense impresses in preseason-opening win against 49ers, 23-3

    Ravens offense impresses in preseason-opening win against 49ers, 23-3
    It was only one drive, lasting 10 plays and just under five minutes. But it was just what quarterback Joe Flacco and the first-team offense needed to kick off the preseason and the Gary Kubiak era. Flacco drove the offense down the field for a touchdown...
  • For one game and at least one series, Ravens' offensive line looks like a dream

    For one game and at least one series, Ravens' offensive line looks like a dream
    It is early in the preseason, so it's OK to dream at this point. After an impressive drive on their only series together as starters, the Ravens had something to smile about Thursday night in the preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers....
  • Preseason opener will have greater meaning for Ravens' Kelechi Osemele

    Preseason opener will have greater meaning for Ravens' Kelechi Osemele
    The tingling sensation Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele felt in his toes when he walked to his car every morning was alarming more than anything else. The time it took him to do seemingly routine tasks, such as going to the bathroom, was a...
  • Comparing Andy Dalton's $115 million deal to Joe Flacco's $120.6 million contract

    Comparing Andy Dalton's $115 million deal to Joe Flacco's $120.6 million contract
    When the San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a contract earlier this year with a maximum value of $126 million that was billed as having $61 million guaranteed, it was actually a deal with just $12.328 million guaranteed at the time...
  • Chykie Brown, Keith Wenning rebound with their best practices of camp

    Chykie Brown, Keith Wenning rebound with their best practices of camp
    Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown and rookie quarterback Keith Wenning have both endured some rough days since their arrival at training camp. Brown has frequently been burnt for touchdowns by veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. And Wenning has thrown...
  • Joe Flacco hits high, low points in camp Wednesday

    Joe Flacco hits high, low points in camp Wednesday
    Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field around 1 p.m. after Tuesday’s day off and didn’t come off the field until just after 4 p.m. Mother Nature continued to smile on the team, providing another tolerable summer day. Good: After he led...
  • Coffee Companion (8/31): Injury bug hits Ravens on eve of Rice comments

    Coffee Companion (8/31): Injury bug hits Ravens on eve of Rice comments
    Today is going to be crazy, with Ray Rice on the podium, but yesterday was kind of wild too. Here's what happened, courtesy of the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines. - Ravens’ defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan and...