Joe Flacco has made his mark in the sands of time in American football, all thanks to his exceptional skills and creativity on the gridiron. Undoubtedly, Joe is a force to be reckoned when it comes to the quarterback position while in the field of play. He is currently associated with the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, since the inception of his career with the Ravens; he led the Ravens to win the Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 while he received the MVP Award for his outstanding performance.
Who Is Joe Flacco?
Joseph Vincent Flacco was born on the 16th day of January 1985 in Audubon City of New Jersey in the United States. He was born to American parents Karen and her husband Stephen Flacco and was raised along with his four younger siblings – Mike, Brian, Tom, and John. Just like Joe, his younger siblings are equally successful athletes. His younger brother Mike played baseball professionally with the Baltimore Orioles and retired in 2013. John serves as a receiver for the Stamford Cardinals while Tom is currently playing college football with the Towson Tigers of Towson University.
In his early years, Joe played both baseball and basketball, before he finally focused on football. He played the quarterback position for the Green Wave football team of Audubon High School. Upon graduation, he was rated as a three-star athlete by sporting websites and was placed at the 39th position in his class. He went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he began his college football career. He was placed as a redshirt in the 2003 season. Coming back the following year, Joe had a minimal playing time behind quarterback Tyler Palko. This led him to transfer to the University of Delaware where he got better playing opportunities. He concluded his college career in 2007 after which he joined the 2008 NFL draft.
His Professional Career Stats
During the 2008 draft of the NFL, Joe Flacco who was a top prospect in the draft was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens as the 18th player to be selected that year. He penned down a five-year rookie contract worth $30 million with the team. Joining Ravens’ roster for the 2008 regular season, Joe became a starting quarterback following the absence of Kyle Boller and Troy Smith. He made a lasting impression in his first game and for the rest of the season, he retained the starting quarterback position. He was honored with the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
The following season, Joe led the Ravens to the playoffs where he scored 25 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 3622 passing yards. He was equally rated among the Top 100 NFL Players for 2011. During the 2011 season, Joe recorded 20 touchdowns, 3610 yards, and 12 interceptions. He got his big break in 2012 while leading the Ravens to clinch the Super Bowl XLVII. He was crowned the MVP of the competition following his excellent performance.
Following his breakout season, Joe Flacco became the fourth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL as he penned down a six-year contract worth $120.6 million. As expected, he continued to record significant improvement in his balling skills. In 2016, Joe got another three-year contract extension which will keep him with the Ravens until 2021. The contract was worth $66.4 million. During the 2017 season, Joe started his first 6 weeks with an injury and upon his return in week eight, he was sent back with yet another injury which eventually ended his games for the season.
The 2018 season saw Flacco finishing the season-opening with 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 121.7. He struggled to finish the season with 6 interceptions and 12 touchdowns after which he was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. At the beginning of the 2019 season, we saw him play for the Denver Broncos through 8 seasons but a neck injury he suffered during a loss to the Indianapolis Colts saw him end his career for that season.
Flacco’s Injury Report
Injuries are inevitable especially in sports like American football. Luckily, there’s not much Flacco has encountered since he began his career. Joe was on July 26, 2017, ruled out from a six weeks training with his teammates following a back injury he was diagnosed with. Upon his return in a game against the Miami Dolphins in week eight of the 2017 season, he also suffered a concussion after receiving a head hit from Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Although he left the game and was relieved, the Ravens still won the game with 40-0 against the Dolphins. He finally finished the season with 13 interceptions, 18 touchdowns, and 3141 yards.
In week 9 of the 2018 regular season, Joe also suffered a hip injury leading to him being replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson as the Ravens’ starting quarterback. For the first time in the history of his NFL career after he was cleared to play, he served in a backup role. He, however, finished that season with 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions. That also marked the end of his games with the Ravens as he was traded to the Denver Broncos.
With the Denver Broncos, Joe Flacco played the 2019 season from the first week down to the 8th when in the 13-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts he suffered a neck injury that prematurely ended his season and his games with the Broncos as he was later released with a failed physical. In April 2020, he underwent neck surgery. He will be out of action until September 1 the same year. The player wishes he could gain medical clearance to return to the field afterward.
How Much Is He Worth?
Flacco may not currently find himself as rich as NFL players like Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, but looking at his performance and successes in his professional career, there is no doubt he is occupying a top position in the table.
Having a blossoming career, Joe Flacco is currently one of the big boys in the league. The superstar currently has a net worth of $75 million, all thanks to his salaries and endorsements. He signed a whopping deal of $66.4 million which will keep him with the Ravens until 2021. He receives $22.1 million in salaries annually plus a $40 million signing bonus. Of course, his $22.1 million average salary is considered the highest in the NFL, topping Aaron Rodgers’ previous mark of $22 million.
As of September 2018, Joe earned roughly $135 million in NFL salary alone and that makes him the 14th highest-earning player in NFL history so far. The list has the likes of Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees taking the top three positions with $70 million, $45 million, and $23 million as their salaries, respectively.
Flacco’s earnings partly come from a good number of endorsements he has signed while pursuing his career. As a rookie in 2008, he signed a three-year contract with Reebok, a popular fitness and sports footwear company. The following two years saw him representing Pizza Hut which sold a product called “Flacco’s Favorites”.
Flacco has also appeared in commercials for brands like Pepsi, Verizon, Haribo, and DirecTV. He also has an active deal with Nike and has helped to promote a Zynga mobile application called “NFL Showdown: Football Manager”. In 2013, he helped American fast-food company McDonald’s to advertise its new menu item, the Mighty Wings. All these contribute immensely to a fast-rising net worth the player is enjoying.
Meet Joe Flacco’s Wife And Kids
Joe Flacco has been enjoying a blossoming football career; he is also a family man and a father of five children. The Ravens star is happily married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life named Dana Flacco. Just like Joe, Dana is equally from Audubon, New Jersey and they both attended Audubon High School. While they were there, the pair met each other in their senior year. From there they started their relationship which lasted for eight years before they finally tied the knot. Their wedding was held in 2011 and the following year, the couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, a son named Stephen in June 2012.
After Stephen’s birth, they had four more children, a daughter named Evelyn and three sons – Thomas, Francis, and Daniel. For seven years and counting, Joe and Dana have been enjoying a blissful union. Despite the disparity in their height, they have proven to be perfectly made for each other in every way possible.
Outside his family, Flacco also keeps a close relationship with his siblings who are all doing successfully well in their various careers.
How Tall Is The Footballer?
The talented quarterback is a very handsome dude with a great physique. Joe is very tall, standing at a height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) with an ideal weight of 111 kg (245 kg). He was 6 ft 6 3⁄8 inches (1.99 m) and was weighing 107 kg while making his entrance in the National Football League. His body measurements and shoe/feet size are currently not available. In addition, Joe has brown hair and brown eyes.