Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco lived up to his nickname during one unforgettable game day.
At 5:30 in the morning last Sunday, Flacco got a phone call from his wife, Dana. She was going into labor, poised to deliver the couple's second child. Dana was in New Jersey and Flacco n Baltimore, less than eight hours from taking the field against the Cleveland Browns.
''You obviously don't know how you're going to react when you get that call,'' Flacco recalled Wednesday. ''It's always a game-changer.''
Even for a guy known as Joe Cool.
Dana gave birth to a boy around 11:30, 90 minutes before the start of the game.
''The fact that it happened before the kickoff was settling for my mind. I was able to relax a little bit,'' Flacco said. ''I'm usually pretty reserved before the game, and I was walking around the locker room way more fidgety than I normally am. So it was definitely soothing to know she had the baby...