Joe Flacco was born on January 16th, 1985 to Karen and Steve Flacco in Audubon, New Jersey. Growing up the oldest of 5 boys, Joe played a variety of sports and at Audubon High School he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. On the football field he was a 3-year starter quarterback for the Green Wave. He ended his high school career as a three-star recruit, throwing for 5,137 yards, and becoming ranked 39th among all QB prospects.
After graduation Joe attended the University of Pittsburgh on a full scholarship where he was redshirted as a freshman. Due to seeing little playtime, he decided to transfer to the University of Delaware. After sitting out a year, Flacco played two seasons for the Blue Hens where he set 20 school records and had 7,046 yards passing. After strong showings at the 2008 Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, Joe was considered one of the top 5 quarterbacks available. On draft day he was selected 18th overall by the Baltimore Ravens, making him the highest drafted University of Delaware player in the program’s history.
Life as a Pro
In his 11-year career in the NFL, Joe has proven to be a valuable and successful leader with the Baltimore Ravens. In his rookie season he was named the starter and led the team to the 2009 AFC Championship game. With Joe as the starting quarterback the Ravens have had 7 winning seasons, 10 playoff wins, 3 AFC Championship appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLVII, where he was named MVP. In 2019 Joe will take on a new challenge with a new team, as he was traded on March 13 to the Denver Broncos. Joe is very excited and will continue to work hard in hopes of bringing a Super Bowl back to the city of Denver.
Off the Field
Family is a big part of Joe’s life. Not only was he raised as 1 of 6 children, he and his wife, Dana, are raising 5 kids of their own. The high school sweethearts were married on June 25, 2011 in suburban Philadelphia. The extended Flacco family still lives very close to one another and often spends a lot of time together. In fact, Joe even built a beachside getaway for his entire family as a place to spend their summers together. Joe will be the first to admit that his family has made him into the player (and man) he is today through their continued support.