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 decade-long career in the NFL, Joe has proven to be a valuable and successful leader for 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. Entering the 2018 season, Flacco has recorded over 200 touchdowns, thrown for 35,780 yards and completed 3,267 passes.
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.
Joe has embraced his place in the Baltimore community, supporting charities and organizations in and around the city. For 6 years, Joe has hosted a Casino Night Holiday Party benefitting the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. He has also supported Special Olympics Maryland, Baltimore Humane Society, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Take a Hike Foundation. Joe also gives his time to his teammates’ charity initiatives including Justin Tucker, Anthony Levine Sr., Lardarius Webb, Derrick Mason and the Ravens’ team events.