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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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  • Flacco, other top Ravens say Ray Rice remains in their thoughts

    Flacco, other top Ravens say Ray Rice remains in their thoughts
    Joe Flacco and Ray Rice arrived in the Ravens’ organization in the same 2008 draft, and they’ve been two of the primary faces of the offense for the past six seasons. Flacco acknowledged that he saw the video of Rice striking his then-...
  • After slow start, Ravens' rally falls short in 23-16 loss to Bengals in season opener

    After slow start, Ravens' rally falls short in 23-16 loss to Bengals in season opener
    As much as the Ravens wanted to forget about the 2013 season, the memories — or should we say nightmares? — came rushing back. There was the slow start on offense, a few head-scratching miscues by quarterback Joe Flacco and a total...
  • Watching Joe Flacco is like riding a roller coaster of emotions

    Watching Joe Flacco is like riding a roller coaster of emotions
    Few players can torment a fan base like quarterback Joe Flacco. Sunday afternoons in Baltimore during the NFL season have become an elevator ride of emotions with No. 5. We cheer him. We boo him. We love him. We hate him. Sometimes he has the arm...
  • Instant analysis of the Ravens' 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1

    Instant analysis of the Ravens' 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1
    Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: It was 2013 all over again. The Ravens got off to a terrible start, Joe Flacco made a couple...
  • Fourth-quarter defense becomes a focus for Ravens

    Fourth-quarter defense becomes a focus for Ravens
    In the wake of last season's 8-8 finish, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that "not having the ability to get off the field cost us maybe three or four ballgames." The defense has spent the preseason trying to tighten up a fourth-quarter...
  • Source: Chargers cutting tight end Mike Flacco

    Source: Chargers cutting tight end Mike Flacco
    The San Diego Chargers are cutting tight end Mike Flacco, according to a source. The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Mike Flacco signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Chargers following the draft. Mike Flacco, 27, declared early...
  • With preseason over, Ravens have some tough roster decisions to make

    With preseason over, Ravens have some tough roster decisions to make
    Now that the preseason is finally over, the next order of business for the Ravens is finalizing their 53-man roster, which will have to be done by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Ravens are currently at 75 players, so they’ll need to make 22 moves over the...
  • Tyrod Taylor ready to make the most of final preseason start

    Tyrod Taylor ready to make the most of final preseason start
    Tyrod Taylor has manned the clipboard on the sideline for three years, living the life of a backup quarterback while Joe Flacco has orchestrated the Ravens' offense. Flacco has been remarkably durable and never missed a start in his six seasons...
  • Young players could make the difference for the Ravens

    Young players could make the difference for the Ravens
    Veteran players like Haloti Ngata, Steve Smith, Terrell Suggs and Joe Flacco will do the heavy lifting, but a lot of first or second year players need to produce if the Ravens want to return to the postseason. The Ravens have gradually rebuilt the...
  • Ravens offense takes aggressive approach on fourth down during preseason

    Ravens offense takes aggressive approach on fourth down during preseason
    The Ravens took an aggressive approach on offense during their preseason win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday night, going for it on fourth down four times. That strategy -- spurred by the team wanting to get in as much situational work as...
  • Steve Smith shows his worth with big output against Redskins

    Steve Smith shows his worth with big output against Redskins
    The Ravens’ marquee free agent signing bounced back from a pair of quiet preseason games with the kind of impact performance he felt like he needed to have Saturday against Washington. Wide receiver Steve Smith made six catches for 80 yards and...
  • Offensive line takes a step back in preseason game against Washington

    Offensive line takes a step back in preseason game against Washington
    After three preseason games, the Ravens are back to square one. There were questions about the offensive line as training camp opened, and they surfaced again during Saturday night's 23-17 win against the Washington Redskins in preseason game No. 3 at...