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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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  • After overhaul, different wide receivers leading Ravens' success

    Marlon Brown tied a Ravens rookie franchise record last season with seven touchdown receptions. Jacoby Jones had arguably the Ravens' two biggest postseason catches during the Super Bowl XLVII run.
  • Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of the Bengals game

    Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of the Bengals game
    Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, are heavy on what the Ravens need to do to reverse the Week...

    Film study of the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons

    Film study of the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons
    GAME PLAN: Maintaining a balanced approach, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak had quarterback Joe Flacco orchestrate a controlled passing game that mixed in a few deep shots. Flacco was relatively efficient overall despite a few miscues in his first...

    This season is a bonanza of quarterbacks breaking records

    This season is a bonanza of quarterbacks breaking records
    The NFL is a passing league. Peyton Manning has passed Brett Favre. Joe Flacco has passed Ben Roethlisberger. Philip Rivers has passed Johnny Unitas and Kurt Warner. The season hasn't even reached the midway point, and records already are falling like...

    Since opening game, Ravens and Bengals heading in opposite directions

    Since opening game, Ravens and Bengals heading in opposite directions
    By late Sunday afternoon, the Ravens were talking about maintaining momentum and proper perspective. The Cincinnati Bengals were acknowledging that they needed to "circle the wagons." Just over six weeks ago, the Bengals opened the season with a 23-16...