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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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  • Sports and Recreation

    Sports and Recreation
    Baltimore is the center of the sports universe. We’ve got the Super Bowl champion Ravens and the suddenly super Orioles, looking for consecutive playoff berths, not to mention the MISL champion Baltimore Blast, amazing prepschool and college lacrosse, and some of the best high school and rec basketball in the country. Oh, and Baltimore is the epicenter of the single greatest form of bowling ever created. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice. And do you remember those commercials? Maryland is apparently America in miniature. That means anything you were planning to do outdoorsy, you can do it here, but you won’t have to go as far, and since it’s in miniature, mountain climbing is way easier and our tiny bears are far less frightening. If Galileo were to draw a map representing the sports universe, it would be a bunch of balls orbiting Stephanie Rawlings-Blake riding bareback with Ray Lewis on a laser-eagle, but until he does, you can navigate the Baltimore sports and rec landscape with this handy-dandy guide.
  • Baltimore Living

    Baltimore Living
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    Nightlife

    Nightlife
    BEST BAR Cat's Eye Pub 1730 Thames St., (410) 276-9866, catseyepub.com When Cat’s Eye Pub’s founder, Tony Cushing Sr., passed away in 2008 and his son, Tony Cushing Jr., took over, we worried the place would morph into yet another Fells...

    Five takeaways from last night's Ravens debacle

    [caption id="attachment_18892" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson shaking hands before last night's Ravens game.[/caption] 1. It's hard to peg 21 points on an un-thrown flag, but I'm going to do it anyway. The Ravens weren't...

    Spitbloggin': No turkeys on Thanksgiving

    Remember when I said the Ravens were done? I was just kidding. But even without the playoff implications, the Thanksgiving Day game was one to watch. Joe Flacco vs. Ben Rothlisberger is turning into the blood and guts version of Manning vs. Brady and...