Show Flacco the Money!

Flacco celebrates in style (courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

From the moment Joe Flacco first arrived in the NFL in 2008, Baltimore Ravens fans had high hopes for their new, young quarterback. And from the very beginning of his career, Flacco more than lived up to their lofty expectations.

During his rookie year, Flacco led the Ravens to two road playoff wins and set a number of records in the process. He became only the eighth rookie quarterback to start a playoff game and the first to win two of them.

In his second year, Flacco continued this trend by setting single season franchise records for quarterback rating and completion percentage. And in his third year, he became the first in Ravens history for both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

In other words, there isn’t much that Joe Flacco can’t do.

With Flacco under center, the Ravens have managed to win two AFC North titles, to appear in three AFC championship games and to win Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco was even named as Super Bowl MVP.

Yet somehow, he still doesn’t get the respect he deserves. At least not until recently, that is.

Earlier this week, Flacco made NFL history again by becoming the highest paid quarterback in league history. His new $120.6 million contract includes a $29 million signing bonus, option bonuses between $7-15 million and a $62 million payout over three years. In his first new contract year alone, Flacco stands to gain roughly $30 million. And guess how he celebrated his new contract?

He went to the McDonald’s drive-thru and bought a McNuggets meal for just under $7. A more down-to-earth player you simply cannot find.

Of course, $120 million can buy a lot of McNuggets, so I hope Flacco finds some other things to spend it on. I also hope he understands how damaging a lifetime of ingesting reconstituted chicken giblets can be to your health!

Posted on March 7, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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