Country Club member,
QB Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco entered the 2012-13 NFL season treading across a quarterbacks’ tightrope. He’d either fall into a crowd of the league’s serviceable stars or reach Super Bowl supremacy on the other side. Turns out Flacco never teetered on that tightrope. He proved naysayers wrong throughout the Baltimore Ravens improbable playoff run and made arguably one of the greatest plays in NFL history in leading the team
to an unfathomable AFC Divisional Round victory. Flacco connected
with wide receiver Jacoby Jones on a 70-yard touchdown pass with
31 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. The Ravens
upended the favored Denver Broncos, 38-35, in double overtime.
To book a trip to New Orleans — site of Super
Bowl XLVII, Flacco needed to overcome a stead-
fast New England Patriots team playing on its
home turf. He answered the challenge, complet-
ing 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards and three touch-
downs. Flacco’s storybook season ended with the
Audubon, N.J. native raising the Lombardi Trophy
and earning Super Bowl MVP honors.
$120.6 million contract with the team to become
the NFL’s highest-paid player. “It wasn’t necessarily
about the money. It was, at that point, about earning
that respect and feeling like I was respected around
here,” Flacco said in an interview afterward.
Respect is a value rooted in golf, which runs in
the Flacco family. His grandfather Tom Madden is
a Merchantville Country Club member and competes in the GAP Team Matches. His uncle Brian
Madden is Director of Golf Course Operations at
Bunker Hill Golf Course in Princeton, N.J. Flacco,
too, belongs to Merchantville and currently sports
a 9 Handicap Index.
Although he began playing golf in high school,
football took precedence. He attended the University of Delaware and set 20 school records during
his collegiate career. The Ravens selected Flacco
18th overall in the 2008 NFL draft. He’s since set
24 franchise and 11 NFL records. Furthermore, he
is the only quarterback in league history to start and
win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.
Once the Super Bowl pomp settled a bit,
Flacco spoke with the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine.