Despite my general dislike for the Baltimore Ravens (and some of their players who may or may not have been involved in murder and are now portrayed as a positive God-praising, role model), I am currently infatuated with the Joe Flacco story.
Let’s rewind to the preseason. The Ravens front office and Joe Flacco were in serious discussions for a long-term deal. Beginning his rookie year, Flacco lead his team to the playoffs each of his first 5 seasons including his rookie year. Since 2008, Flacco has the second highest winning percentage as a starting QB. in 2012, he was one play away from beating the Patriots in the AFC championship and leading the Ravens to the Super Bowl. Despite all of that, it seemed like he never got any respect — even from the front office of his own team.
So instead of publicly complaining about his situation, he took the ultimate entrepreneurial position and rolled the dice with millions and millions of dollars at stake. He was faced with a giant risk and massive uncertainty and let his belief in himself and his abilities guide his actions. He could have been angry with the team, but he repeatedly took the approach that he would not let the lack of a long-term deal affect his performance or attitude.
He basically said (and I’m paraphrasing here because I can’t find the actual quote):
"I’m not worried about a long-term deal because the longer they wait, the more they will have to pay me."
Everyone laughed at this statement. He was ridiculed by sports analysts and his own fans alike who claimed he was just a middle-of-the-pack quarterback.
Fast forward to today. After leading the team to playoffs yet again, Joe Flacco has had an incredible run this post-season with 8 TDs and 0 INTs, beating the Colts and then the heavily-favored Broncos and Patriots lead eliminating 2 of the best quarterbacks of all-time in Manning and Brady. =
In the face of all this uncertainty, Flacco has lead his team to the Super Bowl with a chance to become champions this Sunday. His gamble has paid off nicely, and that’s why I’m rooting for Joe Flacco: the entrepreneurial quarterback.
[UPDATED on 2/4/13]
Despite the best efforts of a momentum-shifting, post-Beyonce blackout, Joe Flacco has lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 Super Bowl victory and earned himself the Most Valuable Player award. He went 22-33 with 287 yards and 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. He had an incredible post season run throwing for 11 TDs and 0 interceptions in 4 games.
Way to go, Joe!