November 30, 2015 |
They came together in the NFL, John Harbaugh as a rookie head coach after serving as an Eagles assistant for 10 seasons and Joe Flacco, then a first-year quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. The two enjoyed remarkable success together. and when the Ravens visit Cleveland on Monday, it will be the first time Harbaugh will coach with a different starter at quarterback. Flacco, the star from Audubon High in Camden County and the University of Delaware, suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday's 16-13 win over St. Louis.
September 8, 2013 |
Tom Flacco looks at people funny when they ask if he's uncomfortable with his big brother's success. "It's like they think I'm mad he's in the NFL," Flacco said of his oldest brother, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. "I'm like, 'Are you crazy?' I think it's awesome. " On the brink of his senior year at Eastern High School, Tom Flacco has more than a notable football name. He has a remarkable football game. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flacco fashioned one of the best seasons ever by a South Jersey high school quarterback as a junior: 2,957 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Eastern to a 7-4 record and a berth in the South Jersey Group 5 semifinals.
January 16, 2009 |
In one of the best scenes in one of the best sports movies of all time, Hickory High coach Norman Dale has the farm boys measure the dimensions of the big basketball court that will host the state finals. "I think you'll find," Gene Hackman's character says in Hoosiers, "these are the exact same measurements as our gym back in Hickory. " Audubon, N.J., isn't Hickory, Ind., and Joe Flacco isn't Jimmy Chitwood. But there's something similar happening in these remarkable AFC playoffs.
March 2, 2013 |
Joe Flacco is staying in Baltimore. The Super Bowl MVP quarterback agreed Friday to a new contact with the Ravens, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press. Terms were not immediately available, but Flacco, a former star quarterback at South Jersey's Audubon High School, was expected to get a long-term contract close to the $20 million average salary Drew Brees earns with New Orleans. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not officially been announced.
January 29, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Joe Flacco hasn't been here before. For several years, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback was often reminded of how close he had come to reaching the Super Bowl. No other quarterback in the history of the NFL had won as many playoff games as Flacco did in his first four seasons. But the Audubon, N.J., native had also lost four playoff games, two for the AFC championship (2008, 2011). But Flacco got over the hump last week with the Ravens' 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
March 5, 2013 |
JOE FLACCO knows his stature as the highest-paid player in NFL history may not last for long, and he's OK with it. What matters most to the Super Bowl MVP is that the Baltimore Ravens were willing to pay him that kind of money in the first place. Flacco signed his new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over 6 years. He will receive a $29 million signing bonus, $52 million in guaranteed money and $51 million over the first 2 years of the deal. The former first-round draft pick out of Delaware threw 11 touchdown passes during the recent postseason and led Baltimore to its Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
August 21, 2015 |
MANY IN EAGLES nation saw the photo tweeted in May of Sam Bradford stopping to grab a pie at a Haddonfield pizzeria. Joe Flacco was born in that quadrant of the nation, grew up in nearby Audubon, and in a strange crossing of the stars, now owns a home in the same neighborhood from the rented home where Bradford took that pie to eat. Guess who didn't come to dinner? Guess who didn't see the photo, didn't even know until a casual conversation with Eagles coach Chip Kelly this week that he is one-half of what must be some sort of NFL record - two starting quarterbacks from two NFL towns living two blocks away from each other.
January 21, 2013 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - When Joe Flacco knew the Baltimore Ravens were going to the Super Bowl, he tried to calm the celebration on the sideline. His most revealing on-field exclamation was a modest fist pump and a hug for a teammate once the clock expired. Even though the South Jersey native bested Tom Brady to earn his first Super Bowl appearance in a 28-13 AFC championship victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, he did not act as if Sunday night was his coronation.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The morning after, someone asked Joe Flacco whether he'd been shocked to be named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco might be the most unpretentious MVP ever, but at this suggestion, he arched an eyebrow. "I don't know if I was shocked," said the Baltimore Ravens quarterback, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 124.2 passer rating - a higher rating than ever achieved in a Super Bowl by Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Eli or Peyton Manning, Brett Favre or Terry Bradshaw.
March 6, 2013 |
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Joe Flacco sat at his uncle's home in South Jersey eating pizza on Friday with his immediate and extended family - as he does every Friday - when news started to break that the Audubon native and Super Bowl-winning quarterback was on the verge of a record-breaking contract. "What's it feel like? Can you believe it?" his uncle asked about the $120.6 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, the richest in NFL history. If there was any lingering doubt of Flacco's status in the NFL - even after five playoff appearances and a Super Bowl MVP award - then the contract he officially signed on Monday will serve as validation.