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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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  • Maxx Williams gives Ravens long-term plan at tight end

    Maxx Williams gives Ravens long-term plan at tight end
    The Ravens have grappled with a significant void at tight end since Dennis Pitta first dislocated and fractured his right hip almost two years ago.
  • Perriman, Williams give Flacco some new weapons

    Perriman, Williams give Flacco some new weapons
    When a team invests a lot of money in a quarterback like the Ravens did with Joe Flacco nearly two years ago, they are obligated to get him weapons. The Ravens have accomplished that in the first two rounds of the 2015 NFL draft. The Ravens chose...

    What they're saying about the Ravens' Breshad Perriman draft pick

    What they're saying about the Ravens' Breshad Perriman draft pick
    The Ravens went somewhat against their own grain by keeping the 26th selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft and selecting wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a physical and fast Central Florida product. You can read our own Mike Preston’s take here,...

    Ray Lewis, Ravens visit schools in West Baltimore

    Ray Lewis, Ravens visit schools in West Baltimore
    They left Matthew A. Henson Elementary School around 10 a.m. Thursday. The group of Ravens, about 25 strong, walked quietly up North Pulaski Street, crossed North Avenue and then headed up a hill toward Frederick Douglass High School. Ray Lewis, the...

    Ravens will stick to tried, true philosophy

    Ravens will stick to tried, true philosophy
    There might not be a more important time of the season to use the term "play like a Raven." Ever since the Ravens were bold in trading for a second No. 1 pick and drafting University of California quarterback Kyle Boller in 2003, they have backed off in...