Joe Flacco tackles new role as father

Since June 14, Joe Flacco has not only been a husband, a son and the starting quarterback for the Ravens. He’s also been a father.

On that day, Flacco and his wife, Dana, welcomed Stephen Vincent Flacco, and Joe Flacco’s world hasn’t been the same since.

“It’s just exciting for me,” said Flacco, who spoke at length about his new role Thursday after the Ravens’ first practice of training camp at the team’s complex in Owings Mills. “I’ve always wanted to have a family of my own. To get to that point, it’s kind of unreal. I’ll look at him every now and then and be like, ‘Oh yeah, man. I’m a dad.’ It’s a pretty crazy thing. It’s indescribable. The day he came definitely changed my life. I don’t know that I can describe it, but it’s pretty special.”

Flacco was quick to credit his wife with taking care of their son so that he can concentrate on his profession.

“I’m not doing any diaper changing, so I don’t have to be nervous for anything that he does besides keeping him healthy, keeping him safe, making sure he is progressing,” Flacco said. “He’s doing well right now. I can’t complain. To be honest with you, when I’m home with my wife and he’s around, I’m useless. I have nothing he wants. If he’s crying, ‘Hey, hon, here you go.’ That’s my job right now. If she wants a couple of minutes by herself, I take him out to the car because that’s usually where he falls asleep.”

Like any other first-time father, Flacco conceded that leaving his son so that he could attend training camp was a little bit more difficult this time than in the previous four summers.

“Yeah, it was definitely different leaving home this time having him around,” he said. “You usually pack your bags up, and it’s not too big of a deal. Sorry to my wife, but even when I just left her, it wasn’t as big of a deal. But to leave both of them behind, it was definitely a little bit different, but it’s not like he’s not going to come back to me.”

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