JOE FLACCO


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Date of birth: January 16, 1985

Place of birth: Audubon, New Jersey

Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)

High school: Audubon (NJ)

College: Delaware

NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18

 

Position: Quarterback

 

Joseph Vincent "Joe" Flacco is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

He grew up in Audubon, New Jersey, a small suburban town. He always enjoyed playing sports, and could often be found at nearby athletic fields with his family practicing football and baseball. In high school, Flacco earned varsity letters in three sports – winning the most acclaim on the gridiron.

Joe took his QB-skills to the University of Pittsburgh on a full-scholarship. After two years of limited opportunity and a coaching change, Flacco transferred to the University of Delaware where he was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

In his rookie year, Flacco started every game and led the Ravens to two road wins in the 2008–09 NFL Playoffs, becoming the first rookie quarterback in league history to win two road playoff games. As a rookie starting quarterback he won 14 games, 11 during regular season. In his second season, he improved his numbers, setting single season franchise records for completion percentage (63.1) and quarterback rating (88.9), and in his third season he became first all-time in Ravens history for passing yards and passing touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.

With Flacco as Baltimore's starting quarterback, the Ravens have won the AFC Northtwice, appeared in three AFC Championship Games, and defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII's MVP, concluding a postseason run in which he tied Joe Montana's single postseason record for touchdown passes (11) without an interception. 

Flacco has become known for his outstanding performance in the postseason, having established a career playoff record of 10-5 and holding the record for most postseason road victories by a quarterback with 7.

Flacco is known for his low-key demeanor and calm during games, giving him the nickname "Joe Cool", and for having one of the strongest arms in the NFL, which allows him to use an "aggressive, high-risk deep downfield passing game."

 

Palmarès

NFL

Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)

Super Bowl MVP (XLVII)

AFC Champion (2012)

Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year (2008)

Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (2008)

3× AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 9, 2008, Week 1, 2012, Week 6, 2014)

4× FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week

Baltimore Ravens All-time leader (Career Wins, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Attempts, Pass Completions, Passing Yards, Interceptions)

 

College

All-American Third Team (2007)

ECAC Player of the Year (2007)

CAA First Team (2007)

CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year (2007)