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Mike Flacco wants to trade baseball for football

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco speaks during a news conference after the team's arrival for the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Reuters

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco might be dull, but his brother still wants to follow in his footsteps.

Mike Flacco has been a professional baseball player in the Orioles system since they made him a 31st-round draft pick in 2009, spending last season as an outfielder/first baseman for the team’s Single and Double-A minor league affiliates. He’s not looking to move up the ladder to the major leagues in the 2013 season, however.

The younger Flacco, who is 26, doesn’t want to play baseball at all anymore and is training in New Jersey to make the leap to the NFL. He hasn’t played football since high school, but has added 30 pounds of muscle to his 6-5 frame in hopes of interesting a team in his services as a tight end. Mike Flacco knows his last name might be of as much use as his athletic ability.

“I want to be there with him,” Mike Flacco said, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “I see everything he’s doing on the field and off the field, I want to do the same things. I’m just excited for Joe, excited to go down there. My stuff is my stuff. I’ve got to find my own ground. I know all of Joe’s success may help me, but at the same time I have to find what I want to do.”

The last name should be enough to get him at least a chance to show what he can do as teams put together their 90-men rosters over the next few months. He’ll have to earn anything more than that on his own merit and it’s definitely a long shot that the 2013 NFL season will kick off with two Flaccos on the field.

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19 Responses to “Mike Flacco wants to trade baseball for football”
  1. justintuckrule says: Jan 29, 2013 11:14 AM

    Are two Flaccos considered Flacc”I”?

  2. ravenator says: Jan 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    Flacco in the superbowl – hate on haters. Looking at you Woodley

  3. mazblast says: Jan 29, 2013 11:30 AM

    Mike,

    You don’t necessarily get a playing spot by being the brother (or son) of a well-known, quality player. In the NFL, nepotism doesn’t kick in until you’re a coach. executive, or owner.

  4. steelersteven says: Jan 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    That’s retarded.

  5. normdogg says: Jan 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    He wants Tony Gonzales money to play.

  6. bigks77 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:34 AM

    Ride coat tails, that’s how u make it these days!!!! Which examines why every losing coach always Always gets another job in NFL

  7. randomcommenter says: Jan 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    Joe probably told him it was easy. Forget that reading defenses stuff. Just throw jump balls. Half the time the refs give you a pass interference call and sometimes your WR makes the play for you, and sometimes the DB just kind of falls down and you end up getting credit for a playoff winning TD when you should have had the playoff ending INT.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    Mike made a great leaping catch deep down the field. But then he turned and fired the football toward the second base area.

  9. simon94022 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    At 26 and still a minor leaguer, Mike Flacco has probably missed his chance for any kind of major league baseball career. This move probably isn’t as voluntary as he is trying to spin it.

  10. schmitty2 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    Mike is elite and will command 20 mil a year

  11. PFT=crap says: Jan 29, 2013 11:52 AM

    The burning question we all want to know the answer to:

    Is Mike Flacco an elite minor league utility journeyman?

  12. gandalfthefunky says: Jan 29, 2013 12:11 PM

    Drafted in 2009 and still play A ball? Yeah, something tells me he didn’t suddenly have a change of heart and want to go play football because he’s bored.

  13. superschrec says: Jan 29, 2013 12:18 PM

    If you add the 2 Flacco’s together you can come up with one football player. He still may be no good but neither one of them are alone.
    #mudncleats

  14. jwcarlson says: Jan 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    Mike Flacco is a product of the steroids era. No way he makes the HoF.

  15. tgifcarterthefourththefifth says: Jan 29, 2013 12:49 PM

    That should work out just awesome as Carson Palmer and his brother ? Palmer

  16. crubenst says: Jan 29, 2013 12:53 PM

    What about his other brothers? I think there’s like five flaccos.

  17. weizdumm says: Jan 29, 2013 12:53 PM

    The Orioles responded by saying, “who?”

  18. acdc363 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:43 PM

    It’s just natural order of things. First two brothers coaching against each other in superbowl and next is two brothers quarterbacking against each other. YEEEEEHAWWWWW

  19. commonsensedude says: Jan 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    The brother of an NFL quarterback getting ready to make the big move. Who knows, he could be the next Marcus Vick!!

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