After thoroughly outplaying Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick, and guiding the Ravens to a 34-31 upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the 28-year-old Flacco agreed to a six-year deal worth $120.6 million with Baltimore on Friday.
“It’s nice to be right,” said Linta, a former Yale defensive tackle who has amassed roughly 40 clients in 20 years. “Everybody laughed about it when I said he’s a top-five guy. When I said he should be the highest-paid player in the NFL, they thought I was a jackass. Hey, I do my job.”
The 6-foot-6, 245 pound Flacco, who Baltimore took out of the University of Delaware with the 18th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, completed 22 of 33 throws for 287 yards and three touchdowns against San Francisco’s formidable defense to earn the Most Valuable Player award on February 3.
Consistently producing in “Charm City,” and being blessed with the strongest arm in the league today, Flacco, who has tossed 102 scores, against 56 interceptions, for 17,633 yards in 80 starts, owns a 9-4 record in the postseason.
Prior to the 2012 campaign, critics had long discounted Flacco’s achievements because the former Blue Hen’s been afforded the advantages of performing behind a powerful offensive line with standout running back Ray Rice in the backfield.
Now, those same denigrators look like village idiots without any feel for the game of football.
On a side note, thanks to the play of Joe Flacco, nobody can call Joe Linta “a jackass.”by