Congratulations Joe, and welcome to the elite NFL QB club.
Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and trust me when I say that he earned the Super Bowl MVP award. His stats: 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Needless to say, the Ravens would not be Super Bowl champions without Flacco.
Flacco also had a postseason to remember. His 11 touchdown passes (11!) in the playoffs tied Joe Montana and Kurt Warner for the most in a single postseason. If that was not impressive enough, Flacco did not have a pass intercepted.
That, boys and girls, is an elite QB.
No longer can ESPN First Take’s Skip Brainless (Bayless) derisively refer to Flacco as “Fluke-o”. No longer can commentators and other “experts” in the media dismiss Flacco as nothing more than a necessary evil. No longer can those same sports media scoff when Flacco suggests that he belongs among the elite (would they expect Flacco to say that he sucks?).
Flacco has now earned the big-money contract extension that he had been seeking. It may come at the expense of losing Ed Reed and other members of the Ravens defense, but that’s the nature of the business. It’s a move Baltimore HAS to make.
Not only did the Ravens find their QB of the future when they drafted Flacco a few years back, but they found themselves an ELITE one.
By the way, here is an “on the fly” updated list of my top quarterbacks in the NFL:
- Tom Brady
- Drew Brees
- Aaron Rodgers
- Peyton Manning
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Joe Flacco
- Eli Manning
- Phillip Rivers
- Matt Ryan
- Tony Romo
Wow, got Big Ben pretty high up there, don’t you? Eli at 7? Rivers and Romo in the top 10? I’m one good sophomore season from putting some new blood in this group. Is Cutler in the top 10? When healthy, I’d say so. I think Brady is slipping a bit, Rivers a lot. Romo’s best days may be behind him. Or maybe I’m just bitter because I just cheered for an acquitted murderer just so SF didn’t get another Super Bowl. I feel dirty.
Sure did! Flacco won that game for the Ravens. And keep in mind he has done well in the playoffs.
Oh, and keep in mind that Big Ben has two rings (his poor play in Super Bowl XL notwithstanding).