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.