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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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  • Ravens say bond strong among players, organization

    Ravens say bond strong among players, organization
    CLEVELAND -- Before his final team meeting Saturday night was over, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh opened the floor to his players and asked them if they had any questions about the organization's handling of the Ray Rice situation.
  • Ravens rally in fourth quarter for 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns

    Ravens rally in fourth quarter for 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns
    CLEVELAND -- When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco left the huddle, his mind already was made up. If the Cleveland Browns gave him a certain look, he was throwing the ball to Steve Smith, the veteran receiver who the Ravens signed for these very moments....

    Recap: Ravens 23, Browns 21

    SportsDirect Inc. Recap: Ravens 23, Browns 21 Ravens 23, Browns 21: Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift visiting Baltimore past Cleveland. Joe Flacco connected with Steve Smith on a 32-yard pass play to the Browns' 13...

    'Joe Cool' Flacco leads Ravens over Browns

    'Joe Cool' Flacco leads Ravens over Browns CLEVELAND -- Jimmy Haslam owns the Browns, but whenever they play Baltimore they belong to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco raised his personal record against the Browns to 12-1 when Justin Tucker kicked...

    Jeremy Zuttah leading improved Ravens offensive line with athleticism and smarts

    During an offensive line meeting on Thursday, Jeremy Zuttah impressed his teammates with yet another example of how he had already considered every possibility heading into Sunday's game in Cleveland. The starting center pointed out what rookie...