Flacco: Throwing a 10-yard out or making a 10-foot putt? I think you know the
answer to that!
GAP: What stands out as a few highlights from your time playing career at
the University of Delaware?
Flacco: There were many highlights from my playing time at UD. Both games
against New Hampshire, Navy and Richmond and the entire playoff run during
my senior year.
GAP: You experienced a dream NFL season. Obviously, it’s every player’s
goal to win the Super Bowl, but could you, in your wildest dreams, have
envisioned it happening like this?
Flacco: I don’t think you envision a Super Bowl run in any specific way, so no.
GAP: Did you sleep at all on Feb. 3 or 4?
Flacco: No, I did not sleep but one hour on Feb. 3. I was sure that if I did, when
I woke up it was all going to have been a dream. I did sleep really well on Feb. 4.
GAP: Looking back at the team’s playoff run to the Super Bowl, what
stands out as the pivotal moment?
Flacco: I think the pivotal moment of the Super Bowl run would be tying the
score late in regulation at Denver. First off I would say it really wasn’t a drive but
one big play. On that play I was trying to get something down the field — maybe
in the 20-25 yard range. I got forced out of the pocket and had room to move up
and saw Jacoby Jones down the field in a situation that I thought might be favorable. My original thought was to throw the ball deeper, more toward the middle
of the field, but because of the way Jacoby was moving I took something off of
the throw and threw it more toward the sideline. The result of that was Jacoby
making a great play on the ball and taking it into the end zone to tie the game.
Flacco: I am not absolutely sure where it landed when we returned from New
Orleans but I think it is at my parents’ house in the box. I have not thought about
where it will go.
GAP: You’ve proven that you’re among the NFL’s best quarterbacks. How
do you maintain this level play and deal with the pressures it brings?
Flacco: I will continue to do the same things that I have always done: work in
the off-season to stay in shape and prepare well every week.
GAP: You support charitable organizations throughout the Baltimore
community. Tell me a few that are near and dear to your heart and why
you became involved.
Flacco: The Ravens have a relationship with the Maryland Special Olympics,
which initially brought me together with them. Since then my relationship with
them and admiration for them has continued to grow. That is my primary focus.
It is very rewarding.
Golf course? I really, as of now, have no favorite golf course.
Golfer? Tournament? There are several I like.
Philadelphian food? Cheesesteaks.
Baltimorean food? I enjoy eating in “Little Italy.”
visiting football city? This was my first trip to Denver and I really enjoyed the
atmosphere at their stadium.
Tony Regina is in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Communications for the Golf
Association of Philadelphia.