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Joe Flacco’s brother quits baseball, eyes football career

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Mike Flacco, the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, has decided to try to follow in big brother’s footsteps and make a go of it in football.

In April, Mike Flacco announced that he would quit minor league baseball after failing to make it past Double-A ball by the age of 26. At the time, Mike Flacco denied a report that he would try to play football.

New Haven University coach Pete Rossomando told But Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com that Mike Flacco will, in fact, play college football this year. And Rossomando said Mike Flacco has the athletic talent to be a very good tight end.

He’s 6-6, 250 and can run. You can use those guys,” Rossomando said. “We worked him out, we were able to watch him run around. He’s very raw and he needs some seasoning to get to that next level. But if he does the things we ask, the sky is the limit for him.”

Realistically, it’ll be an uphill climb to the NFL for a 26-year-old who’s just starting college football now. But when Mike Flacco wants to see whether he can fit into an NFL passing game, he has a pretty good quarterback to put him through the paces.

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64 Responses to “Joe Flacco’s brother quits baseball, eyes football career”
  1. johnnycamparm says: Jul 11, 2013 8:36 PM

    Good luck Ernie!

  2. ecupatsfan12 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:46 PM

    He’s 26?!!!! He looks like he’s 19 or 20!

  3. 1964bclions says: Jul 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    I wish Mike Flacco well, but if he was my kid… I would tell him to continue and not give up on MLB.

    The NFL is a human body killer for most. MLB is the real dream..

    Does anyone really think former Irish W.R. Jeff Samardzija is re thinking his decision to play baseball? Jeff is just hitting his prime at 28 years old.. Making $2,640,00. per year for getting on the bump once every five days.

    Oh… And he will double his salary soon enough.

  4. calibear831 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:49 PM

    Jordan Palmer thinks mike has a good chance at making it to the NFL. . .with the ravens.. .as a backup QB

  5. mpops86 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:50 PM

    Hasn’t taken a hit or caught a pass in how long? Maybe he’ll make an impact at New Haven University? Yeah, 0% chance in the NFL.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 11, 2013 8:53 PM

    He’ll be signed by the Ravens by August. #pluginanywarmbodywhocandress.

  7. ravensbob says: Jul 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    Become Joe’s business manager.

  8. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jul 11, 2013 9:01 PM

    “But when Mike Flacco wants to see whether he can fit into an NFL passing game, he has a pretty good quarterback to put him through the paces.”

    I guess his brother must know somebody then.

  9. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 11, 2013 9:05 PM

    Heath Miller just became very nervous.

  10. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 11, 2013 9:15 PM

    He’s a pup compared to Weeden, Browns will take him in the first, after a year in school

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    At 6-6, 250, Mike just wasn’t agile enough to get to the ground balls at shortstop.

  12. bennyb82 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    I bet his arm is so much better than Tebows…

  13. raynman49 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    He’d better be better than his brother. Overrated!

  14. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 11, 2013 9:19 PM

    He must have got his brow from his mother’s side.

  15. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:26 PM

    Worked for Chris weinke

  16. cardmagnet says: Jul 11, 2013 9:29 PM

    Flacco’s brother : already a better quarterback than Mark Sanchez.

  17. sguy2130 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:31 PM

    Can’t blame him, he just saw his bro get a giant contract for throwing up jump balls hoping someone will make a play. I’d sign up too.

  18. whodey420 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:43 PM

    Funny the one making AA minor league baseball money can throw the barber an extra $2 to get rid of the unibrow!

  19. jwcarlson says: Jul 11, 2013 9:56 PM

    If he can throw up lollipop jumpballs he can probably con some team into paying him at least $60MM.

  20. gunpowderjones says: Jul 11, 2013 10:05 PM

    1964bclions – this dude is 26, struggling in AA. He is the opposite of samardjiza. Probably makes like $40k and rides buses everywhere

  21. eatitfanboy says: Jul 11, 2013 10:27 PM

    1964bclions says:
    Jul 11, 2013 8:47 PM
    I wish Mike Flacco well, but if he was my kid… I would tell him to continue and not give up on MLB.

    Jeff Samardzija wasn’t stuck at AA ball at 26 years old. A 26 year old playing AA ball probably has a less than 1% chance of ever spending a day in the majors.

    I would agree that a player who has a legit to make the majors is probably better off doing that than taking a long shot at the NFL, but that is not the case here.

  22. ballinmore says: Jul 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    ecupatsfan12 says:
    Jul 11, 2013 8:46 PM
    He’s 26?!!!! He looks like he’s 19 or 20!
    —————————————————
    Picture is from draft day in 2008.

  23. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    Joe Flacco isn’t even good why would his 26 year old brother joining the sport for the first time be?

  24. furnzilla says: Jul 11, 2013 10:49 PM

    Smith wrote..”But when Mike Flacco wants to see whether he can fit into an NFL passing game, he has a pretty good quarterback to put him through the paces.” What pretty good QB does he know?

  25. rayswhitesuit says: Jul 11, 2013 11:07 PM

    He saw how much money his brother was making and figured, hell, if he can do that well, I’ve gotta be worth close to half that.

  26. eaglesnd18 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:12 PM

    As long as he doesn’t go to an SEC school. If he chooses one of those schools he won’t make it in life if his football career doesn’t work out (which isn’t likely).

  27. swashbucklin says: Jul 11, 2013 11:14 PM

    Trying to pull a Brandon Weeden I see.

    And that pic is from 2008 when Flacco was drafted

  28. FoozieGrooler says: Jul 11, 2013 11:14 PM

    They can’t be brothers.
    Look how far apart his eyebrows are…

  29. jeremyb91 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:14 PM

    Does the name Mike Anderson sound familiar? The former Marine who served 4 years after high school and then went to JC for 2 years, then Utah, and into the NFL at 26 as RB for Denver?

    I’m not saying he’s going to be able to do it, but don’t count the young guy out considering he has more talent running through his veins than anyone typing these comments. I’m sure he’s spent more time catching passes from an NFL QB than anyone of us.

  30. green41563 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:40 PM

    Start playing college football at 26?

    Someone’s gotta pull this kid aside and tell him it’s time to get a regular job.

  31. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 11, 2013 11:47 PM

    What about semi pro ball, where you don’t have to pay tuition. Plus will he make time for his studies??

  32. jayniner says: Jul 12, 2013 12:17 AM

    Save your arm dude….just cuz you have the name doesn’t make you a Super Bowl QB…..stick with baseball bro!

  33. sbdt says: Jul 12, 2013 12:29 AM

    Unibrow Jr.

  34. st1llerz1 says: Jul 12, 2013 2:54 AM

    I wonder what kind of jump ball he throws…? That’s just what the NFL needs; more Jump Ball Joe’s..

    GO STEELERS!

  35. samoanjungle says: Jul 12, 2013 3:03 AM

    A big reach to suggest the possibility of the NFL. Maybe if he made the switch 10 years ago.

  36. northstarnic says: Jul 12, 2013 7:04 AM

    Pats should sign him. You know, in case T-bone doesn’t work out.

  37. northstarnic says: Jul 12, 2013 7:08 AM

    johnnycamparm: Um, Ernie is not Bert’s brother. Although they are like family.

  38. Sanchezizgr8 says: Jul 12, 2013 7:11 AM

    “But when Mike Flacco wants to see whether he can fit into an NFL passing game, he has a pretty good quarterback to put him through the paces.”

    Is Joe Flacco really a “pretty good QB”? Trent Dilfer won a Superbowl with the Ravens too.

  39. steelerben says: Jul 12, 2013 7:47 AM

    He is looking to play tight end? Someone should let him know the Patriots have a job opening.

  40. deceman20 says: Jul 12, 2013 8:00 AM

    I’m a huge Ravens fan and love Flacco, but man he is a goon haha

  41. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 12, 2013 8:21 AM

    Baltimorgue needs a real quarterback! Maybe he could try out for them.

  42. brutalron says: Jul 12, 2013 8:31 AM

    My theory… Joe Flacco’s agent is Joe Linta. Joe Linta went to Yale, office is in Branford, Connecticut. I am sure he knows coach Rossmondo @UNH from scouting and area events. Not much of a leap here to think that Linta helped place the other Flacco brother @ UNH.

  43. psuorioles says: Jul 12, 2013 9:11 AM

    I agree with 1964… not only will his body be in better shape after his career… his salary is Gauranteed..

  44. cubano76 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    Wait! He’s 6’6? How friggin tall is Joe????

  45. scoobies05 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:53 AM

    just to remind you folks. joe flacco led the ravens to the superbowl with the greatest post season run in nfl history. he has a sb mvp…unlike big ben. and he has 9 sb wins…9 more than andrew luck and and many as peyton manning. so be jealous all you want. go ravens

  46. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 12, 2013 9:58 AM

    pittsburg could use a flacco.just the name makes them sound better already!!!!

  47. trollaikman8 says: Jul 12, 2013 10:09 AM

    Does he think he’s top 5?

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    Has joe been to 9 sb? I missed eight of them….. Or is that just raven history?

  49. greenmeattruck says: Jul 12, 2013 10:22 AM

    He must be the milk man’s kid. He doesn’t have the Flacco unibrow.

  50. jacktheraven says: Jul 12, 2013 10:31 AM

    Scoobie- Joe has 9 PLAYOFF wins, not 9 SB wins. Just a correction to your comment. Everything else you said is spot on.

  51. crownofthenofool says: Jul 12, 2013 11:04 AM

    I’m sure the Steelers would take him. It fits their strategy this year of signing no name, no skill players.

  52. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    st1llerz1 says:
    Jul 12, 2013 2:54 AM
    I wonder what kind of jump ball he throws…? That’s just what the NFL needs; more Jump Ball Joe’s..

    GO STEELERS!

    ———————————————-

    Excellent question. When interviewing a prospective TIGHT END it’s always important to access their passing ability. Have you considered coaching?

  53. getyourownname says: Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

    It’s hilarious seeing Steeler fans try to make fun of a Super Bowl winning , mvp, QB when their own team is coming off a .500 season and their QB can’t stay healthy. Whatever helps them get through the night, I guess.

  54. @Cereal_22 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    Say what you will, he’s a lot more handsome than Joe. So he has that going for him at least.

  55. edisbetterthantroy says: Jul 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin says: “Baltimorgue needs a real quarterback! Maybe he could try out for them.”

    Are you referring to the guy who sported a 125 QB Rating and 3 TD’s, while eliminating Indy in the playoffs last season? I was there, so I kinda remember. Nice try…

  56. baltimorefan33 says: Jul 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    Doubt Mike Flacco will able to do this its easer said then done, but if there is anyone that can do it it’s probably him. People using this thread to hate on Flacco last I checked he had the greatest playoff run of any player in NFL history and won the Super Bowl. Better pkayoff run than the likes of Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning etc. Arguably a top 5 QB. I have him number 4.

  57. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jul 12, 2013 9:53 AM
    just to remind you folks. joe flacco led the ravens to the superbowl with the greatest post season run in nfl history. he has a sb mvp…unlike big ben. and he has 9 sb wins…9 more than andrew luck and and many as peyton manning. so be jealous all you want. go ravens

    12 8 The raven fans need for respect and praise knows no bounds, but this is a bit much. By your twisted raven math scoobie Terry Bradshaw has 36 SB appearances and 18 Mvps Ben would have 27 SB appearances. Lastly jealous of the Ravens….haha not ….wait raven math may make 6 Lombardi’s less than two.

  58. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    “The raven fans need for respect and praise knows no bounds, but this is a bit much. By your twisted raven math scoobie Terry Bradshaw has 36 SB appearances and 18 Mvps Ben would have 27 SB appearances. Lastly jealous of the Ravens….haha not ….wait raven math may make 6 Lombardi’s less than two.”

    I believe you harped on scoobie’s typo five hours ago. Didn’t get enough snark in on the first try? Or maybe it’s taken you this long to multiply everything by 9.

  59. bighurt228 says: Jul 12, 2013 6:22 PM

    Maybe they could finally find an Elite quarterback named Flacco.

  60. scoobies05 says: Jul 12, 2013 11:36 PM

    sorry folks…9 playoff wins and 1 superbowl win in which he was named mvp. point is flacco’s star is on the rise. he just keeps getting better and better, especially in big games and wanting him to be “jump ball joe” or “check down joe” isnt going to make that happen.

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    I believe scoobies sense of humor and maturity allows him to take care of himself. You help,such as it is, is bothersome. Sshh grown ups at play skippy.

  62. sbchampsagain says: Jul 15, 2013 8:35 AM

    As a steeler fan, it pains me to say this, but Flacco’s pretty gutsy and not as bad as people make him out to be. unfortunatley, all the poeple ripping him seems to fuel his fire.

  63. scoobies05 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    very good point again…lets keep it coming..lol

  64. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 18, 2013 1:24 AM

    Jump Ball Joe said “hey, maybe little bro will get carried by his teammates and make lot of money too!”

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