Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco apologized for his word selection in criticizing the NFL's decision to hold next year's Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium at a cold-weather site.
On Monday, Flacco was asked about the game being played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
''I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid,'' he said.
On Tuesday, he was contrite.
''Obviously, it was a poor choice of words,'' he said. ''At home, I have a close relationship with Special Olympics. I didn't mean to offend anyone.''
Flacco would like nothing more than to return to the Super Bowl next year, even if it might be in freezing conditions for the first time. It's in his home state to boot.
The fifth-year pro from Audubon, N.J., preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, is not a fan of playing the next big game in East Rutherford.
''I think it's obvious reasons,'' Flacco said. ''They've done it the way they've been doing it for 47 years. ...