Found July 20, 2013 on Down and Distance:
PLAYERS: Joe Flacco
TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens
Today, the USA Today put up an interesting article about Ravens Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco. Reading through the piece, I found myself wondering if being a super bowl champion and very well known football personality would change me. Not just my physical surroundings, but personality wise. Surprisingly, it looks like Baltimore’s “Average Joe” remains humble despite his successes. The article says that the Audubon, New Jersey home of Joe Flacco’s parents have been flooded with memorabilia that fans have sent in hopes of getting an autograph from Flacco. Flacco is calm in the face of danger… and the Browns too.(Photo courtesy of the USA Today) “People drop stuff off and I have crap all over my dining room table,” Steve Flacco says. “My wife is like, ‘I’ve got to cut people off.’ “It wasn’t like we didn’t get requests before, but it’s been a little heavier this offseason. Joe probably signed hundreds of things at my house. We’ll clear it out, then it’ll start all over again.” What surprised me most is hearing that Flacco signs most of the things sent to his parents home in an effort to please his hometown fans. The USA Today quoted Flacco in their article “Oh my God, my mom’s table is crazy,” Flacco says during a recent visit to the area. (He resides in Florida and Baltimore.) “Every time I go over there, she’s got to ask me to sign 25 things. But it’s all good. It just shows how much people in the community support you.”   It’s hard to say how money will affect any particular person, let alone the six-year, $120.6 million deal with $52 million in guaranteed money that Joe Flacco signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, the richest in NFL history. Flacco apparently turned down certain endorsement deals because he didn’t want to be away from his wife, Dana, his infant son, Stephen, and another little Joe Cool on the way to do a photo shoot in California. “I don’t feel like doing all that stuff.” he says. “I’ve had some time to relax, and that’s the type of stuff I value. All that other stuff, that’s why I usually say no to it — because I don’t really feel like taking the time to bust my normal schedule up to do it. Listen, money helps out in the comfort level and the ability for my wife and I to relax. We’re very fortunate in that respect, but the important thing in my life is my family — my wife, my kid, my parents, my brothers and sister and all my extended family. I think those things are as important as football.”   Expectations are going to be high for Joe Flacco in 2013. When you get paid as much as he did this offseason, expectations are going to be absolutely through the roof. There’s a reason they call him Joe Cool, though. One of the most calm players in the NFL under pressure, Flacco will meet his challenges head on with a cool head and a rocket arm that defenses fear.   His father was asked what he thought the kind of money his son was going to be seeing and his response was pretty funny and very “dad-like”.   “The money thing isn’t going to change him,” Steve Flacco says. “He better not (change). I’ll go kick his butt.”   Follow us on twitter! @downanddistance @realsportskings @tadjohnson_SK The post Joe Flacco: Rich, Famous, But Still Humble appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
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