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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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  • Facing must-win game, and needing help, Ravens prepare for potential change

    Facing must-win game, and needing help, Ravens prepare for potential change
    The thought crossed wide receiver Torrey Smith's mind last week following the Ravens' disappointing loss to the Houston Texans.
  • Three stars for Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

    Three stars for Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
    Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's regular-season finale....

    Scouting report for Ravens vs. Browns

    Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec breaks down the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. PASSING GAME RAVENS: Despite his woeful performance against the Houston Texans last week, quarterback Joe Flacco needs one more...

    Ravens are just average in a league full of mediocrity

    Ravens are just average in a league full of mediocrity
    The NFL is great at providing false hope and security within the fan base of each of its teams. That's what has happened here in Baltimore. Because of the way they finished in 2013, the Ravens didn't have to face the first-place teams in the AFC West...

    Texans linebacker Brian Cushing fined $16,537 for hitting Joe Flacco in head area

    Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been fined $16,537 for striking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the head area last Sunday, according to a league spokesman. The hit drew a roughing-the-passer penalty. Ravens middle linebacker...