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Baltimore Ravens

Mike Flacco tries out for Ravens, keeping NFL dream alive

San Diego Chargers tight end Mike Flacco, left, blocks outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu during practice at NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in San Diego.

There were over 20 players participating in the Ravens minicamp on a tryout basis, but only one who was confused for the team's longtime starting quarterback.

"It's funny, the first day I was here, they didn't even know I was Joe's brother," tight end Mike Flacco said. "They saw me from behind and they said, 'Hey Joe.' It's been funny to see how people think we're similar and we're different."

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Mike Flacco, 29, has been to the Ravens' facility a couple of times with his older brother, but the rookie minicamp has given him an opportunity to enjoy it from a different perspective. He was one of two tight ends the Ravens tried out at the minicamp.

Flacco, a former Orioles prospect, still hasn't abandoned his hopes of making it to the NFL. After spending one season playing tight end for the University of New Haven, he went to training camp with the San Diego Chargers two years ago and had a short stay on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. He also worked out for the New York Jets last summer.

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In the meantime, he has been pursuing his degree in chemical engineering at Villanova.

"It's been long. It's been all over the place," Flacco said of his career path since retiring from baseball. A 31st-round pick in 2009, he spent four years in the Orioles farm system, getting as high as Double-A. "Unfortunately, I've never quite gotten to the point where I want to yet. You just push and if it happens, it happens. If not, I'll go back to school and I'll be happy."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he has enjoyed having Mike Flacco around.

"Mike is a great kid," Harbaugh said. "He does move a little bit like Joe. The body mechanics, a little bit, are similar, so it's fun to watch."

Mike joked that he was constantly reminded of his brother because of all the pictures of the quarterback on the walls at the team facility. Asked about potentially catching an NFL touchdown pass from Joe, Mike said, "That would be a dream if I could make it that long. Just day by day and give it all I got."


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