Raven's Flacco Makes Delaware Unique on Impressive List - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Raven's Flacco Makes Delaware Unique on Impressive List

Posted: Updated:

NEWARK, Del.- Many fans of the University of Delaware, even if they don't like the Ravens, are excited for next Sunday's Super Bowl. That is because of Baltimore's Joe Flacco, who is a part of growing tradition of great quarterbacks from the school.

Talk with former Delaware head coach KC Keeler about Flacco for even minute and his pride becomes obvious. Keeler says he knew Flacco would be great - maybe even before the quarterback himself knew.

"He came to me his senior year," said Keeler. "He wanted to play baseball. I said, 'Joe, you will be a draft choice next year.' He looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Do you really think I'll be a draft choice?' I said, 'Absolutely.'"

When Flacco takes the field for the Super Bowl, he'll be the second Blue Hen QB to do that. The first was Rich Gannon with the Oakland Raiders in 2002. Pictures of the two are all over the place in the school's athletic facilities.

UD Sports Information Director Scott Selheimer worked with them both.

"Both of them are different," he said. "Rich is a little more charismatic. Joe lets everything roll off his back."

It's not unique for a university to have had two Super Bowl starting quarterbacks. Ten schools, including UD, have done it. But among that group, Delaware is definitely unique.

"We're the only smaller, FCS, school that has done it," said Selheimer. "Some of the schools that haven't Ohio State, USC, Texas - they've never had any."

"You think about it and it's like, 'Wow, there hasn't been two from a school,'" Keeler said.

Though it is unique, neither Selheimer nor Keeler seems all that surprised by that.

"I think it says a lot," Selheimer said. "About the program we have here and the quarterbacks that have been produced here."

"We've had some pretty good success at the University of Delaware," said Keeler. "And a lot of that success is because of the great quarterback play we've had."

Flacco isn't the only former Blue Hen playing the big game. Rookie Gino Gradkowski is a lineman for the Ravens, too.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Traffic Stop Leads to Finding of 228 Grams of Marijuana

    Traffic Stop Leads to Finding of 228 Grams of Marijuana

    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-07-22 22:05:05 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-07-22 22:05:05 GMT
    228 grams of marijuana was found in Keevon Bishop's car, police said.228 grams of marijuana was found in Keevon Bishop's car, police said.
    A traffic stop in Somerset County led to a drug bust, according to Maryland State Police.More
    A traffic stop in Somerset County led to a drug bust, according to Maryland State Police.More
  • Delaware State Fair Kicks Off Under Hot Temperatures

    Delaware State Fair Kicks Off Under Hot Temperatures

    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:07:23 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:07:23 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware State Fair kicked off on Thursday at the fairgrounds near Harrington as brutal temperatures and sunlight bared down on early visitors in the afternoon and early evening.The fair runs through July 29. It features a numberMore
    HARRINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware State Fair kicked off on Thursday at the fairgrounds near Harrington as brutal temperatures and sunlight bared down on early visitors in the afternoon and early evening.The fair runs through July 29. It features a numberMore
  • Main St. Plaza to Receive Drastic Makeover

    Main St. Plaza to Receive Drastic Makeover

    07/22/2017 08:18:00 -04:002017-07-22 12:18:00 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:18 AM EDT2017-07-22 12:18:30 GMT
    The Main St. Plaza is set to receive a drastic new look in October of 2018. The Plaza will be converted into a regular street with two sidewalks and asphalt down the middle.More
    The Main St. Plaza is set to receive a drastic new look in October of 2018. The Plaza will be converted into a regular street with two sidewalks and asphalt down the middle.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices