Craning his neck sideways, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco smiled as he avoided bumping his head on a large menu behind the register at the Dairy Queen in Rosedale.
Instead of delivering touchdown passes, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player handed out ice cream sundaes Friday afternoon. Admittedly, Flacco did so with much less confidence than he normally displays in the Ravens' backfield.
"Oh geez, I realized the sign was probably a little too low for me where all the meals are," said Flacco, the $120.6 million man who took orders at the drivethru window from several surprised customers. "It's definitely not my thing. I would not be very good. If you were ordering sundaes from me and I was the one making them, you wouldn't be very happy with the Dairy Queen. Thank God that's not the case."
If Flacco lacked fast-food service skills, it was understandable. The native of Audubon, N.J., has only held one job in his life: NFL quarterback.
"I never had a job," Flacco said. "My first job was quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. I never had any experience with this, so that's why I'm not very good at it."
Flacco didn't fumble any food, though.
After his stint behind the counter, Flacco spent time with the family of the late Glenelg student Matthew Cheswick, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012. Flacco and Dairy Queen presented a $25,000 check to the Matthew J. Cheswick Memorial Fund, which the family formed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
"I had the opportunity to have a little bit of fun and get to meet them and support them," Flacco said. "They seem like a great family."
For Flacco, it was another moment for him as an increasingly high-profile public figure, including appearances on the David Letterman show and at Fashion Week in New York. He was even followed around by TMZ paparazzi at BWI Airport.
"Yeah, that's crazy stuff," Flacco said. "It was really awkward. I don't like being put in awkward situations, so it was a little uncomfortable."
Flacco hasn't been fazed by how much the roster has been overhauled since defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl behind his three touchdown passes.
"All the turnover we've had, that's just the name of the game," Flacco said. "You're not really surprised by anything. We've lost a lot of good players, but I think the guys we've gotten are pretty good also."