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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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  • 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...
  • Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll

    Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll
    ESPN's Mike Sando sure knows how we like to fill our Ravens downtime — with talk of just how elite quarterback Joe Flacco is. The ESPN writer polled a number of NFL sources and asked a total of 28 to grade each of the league’s starting...
  • Terrell Suggs ranks 26th on NFL Network's Top 100 list

    Terrell Suggs ranks 26th on NFL Network's Top 100 list
    Terrell Suggs’ second-half struggles in 2013 apparently didn’t alter the opinion around the league that the longtime Ravens defender remains one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. Suggs was recognized last night as the 26th-ranked player on...
  • Coffee Companion (6/20): Ravens wrap up mandatory minicamp

    Coffee Companion (6/20): Ravens wrap up mandatory minicamp
    Allow me to get really old for a second. You'll see elsewhere on our site that legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin died yesterday. He wrote, among other things, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," which is a phenomenal song. If you're a frequent Coffee Companion...
  • New additions could help revive Ravens' deep passing game

    New additions could help revive Ravens' deep passing game
    There was plenty made last season of the relative disappearance of the deep ball from the Ravens’ offense. What had been one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s biggest strengths – his ability to find his receivers down the field with strong...
  • 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...
  • Steve Smith, Joe Flacco looking to build chemistry and timing

    Steve Smith, Joe Flacco looking to build chemistry and timing
    When veteran wide receiver Steve Smith played for the Carolina Panthers, his quarterbacks ran the gamut from Jake Delhomme to Cam Newton. Now, the five-time Pro Bowl selection is trying to build chemistry and timing with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco....
  • 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...
  • Like Ravens with Joe Flacco, 49ers had flexibility for Kaepernick extension because of draft-and-develop strategy

    Like Ravens with Joe Flacco, 49ers had flexibility for Kaepernick extension because of draft-and-develop strategy
    San Francisco signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year, $110 million contract extension with a record $62 million guaranteed on Wednesday, which inevitably brought up comparisons to the contract signed last March by the quarterback who bested...
  • Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda named to NFL Network top 100 players list

    Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda named to NFL Network top 100 players list
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda on Wednesday were named to the NFL Network top 100 players list. Flacco is ranked 58th and Yanda is ranked 55th overall in NFL players' balloting. Flacco was 19th on the list...
  • Joe Flacco on Ravens offense: 'I think we look good'

    Joe Flacco on Ravens offense: 'I think we look good'
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will spend the next month working out and keeping his right arm in shape through regular throwing sessions with friends, teammates and anybody else capable of catching a tight spiral. He said the downtime before training...
  • 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...