Spy tattles on Ravens’ Flacco for skateboarding
Joe Flacco's Baltimore Ravens will play the New England Patriots on Sunday for a trip to the 2012 Super Bowl.
January 20th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Spy tattles on Ravens’ Flacco for skateboarding

Someone in Joe Flacco’s neighborhood really wants him to stay healthy and get to the Super Bowl.

Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback who is preparing to face the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that someone called his team to tattle on him for some risky behavior.

That behavior: A little turn on a skateboard at home.

“It was in our bye week leading up (to last Sunday’s playoff game against Houston),” Flacco said Wednesday. “I had never been on a skateboard in my life, so I was literally riding it about 10 feet down my driveway just to see if I could stand on it and stay upright.

“One of my neighbors must have called in, looking for (general manager) Ozzie Newsome, and they left a voicemail on his secretary’s phone saying, ‘Hey, man. You’ve got to let Joe Flacco know we’re trying to win a Super Bowl around here. He’s at home riding a skateboard. Somebody’s got to let him know what the deal is.”

Injuries to NFL players away from the field aren’t unheard of. In 2006, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rode his motorcycle without a helmet against his coach’s orders, and then wrecked, giving him a broken jaw and a concussion. In 2010, Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady partially tore a patellar tendon while playing basketball, according to the Denver Post.

But the call didn’t appear to get Flacco into too much trouble.

“It gave us a good laugh when we came in the next day,” he said.

The winner of Sunday’s Ravens/Patriots game will go to the Super Bowl.

The Ravens beat the Texans 20-13 in a playoff game last Sunday. Flacco, signal-caller on a team that gets more credit for its defense than its offense, is the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first four seasons.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. roadwarrior

    go ravens

    January 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. roadwarrior

    i think he should skateboard out on the field the day of the game

    January 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. roadwarrior

    if it feels good just do it

    January 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Is another Republican seven deadly sins story? ....or a Flacco skateboards for Jesus revelation?

    January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. roadwarrior

    the spy was probaly a demostooge obamas betting on the ravens

    January 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roadwarrior

    maybe he will finally get something right

    January 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fred bazzeeda

    welcome to the spying, tell on your neighbor, report to the gestapo Amerika. what the hell is wrong with people these days? definitely going down...down....down....
    will anyone call this guy's boss (the one who phoned in) and say what he did over the weekend?
    disappointed
    fred

    January 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RabiaDiluvio

    OH FFS let the man have a little fun without the world trying to second-guess whether it will "affect his game."

    January 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Weezle

    Is flacco Italian?

    January 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WE THE PEOPLE

    I PLEDGE ALIGENCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISABLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

    January 21, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. JoBleaux

    Dance faster monkey dance.

    January 21, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Are you ill?

      January 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. UniQue

    If he wasnt breaking the law or down grading the National Football League,his leisure time is his business. His neighbor must have really been bored ! Flacco have your fun man

    January 22, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rav

    good for him..... Flacco fun spoiled by a neighbor....
    must have been a busy kid to have missed that opportunity

    January 31, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
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