Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/20/13
Back in January, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco used the word “retarded” to describe the idea of playing the Super Bowl in cold weather, and quickly caught flak for his slip. However, ever the progressive thinker, Flacco is making amends and striking the derogatory term from his vocabulary. Flacco had actually apologized the day after using the word, but, according to the Special Olympics Maryland, Flacco and teammates Ed Dickson and Gino Gradkowski are going a step further and signing a pledge to refrain from using the word. Though an overlooked insult for years, over the past few years the word has been increasingly targeted as uncouth and derogatory to those with cognitive issues. Check out a photo of Flacco, Dickson and Gradkowski signing their pledges below. @TeamFlacco, @GinoGrad56, @EdDickson84 of the @Ravens sign the @r_Word_Campaign pledge to eliminate use of r-word http://t.co/G5deuRZa8C— Special Olympics MD (@SpOlympicsMD) May 19, 2013
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