Joe Flacco might have Rodney Dangerfield beat when it comes to getting respect. Last April, the Baltimore Ravens QB had people looking at him sideways when he professed to be the best quarterback in the NFL.
Flacco has been criticized for being inconsistent and not showing any emotion on the sideline. Not to mention, he has been called everything from “Fluke-O to Wacko” and even been mocked in a pose called “Flacco-ing” after throwing a pick six in the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos.
Look who’s laughing now.
On Monday, the Super Bowl MVP officially signed a six-year, $120 million deal making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The deal also features $52 million in guaranteed money. By completing the deal prior to March 4 deadline, the Ravens avoided using the franchise tag on Flacco.
Even after signing the monster contract, rapid reaction around the World Wide Web was mostly negative with many wondering if Flacco deserves so much money.
In a word, yes.
The QB position has never been a strong suit for the Ravens, until now. Flacco’s numbers may not be flashy. But, the guy is a proven winner and when the clock hits 00:00 in the regular season, Flacco is unstoppable. His 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions tie him with Joe Montana for the most touchdown passes in a single playoff. Flacco is the only quarterback in league history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.
So, what does the highest paid player do after signing a mega deal? He goes to McDonald’s! What else? Flacco was recognized by a customer when he stopped at a McDonald’s in Aberdeen, MD. He even posed for a pic. “Ba da da da, I’m lovin’ it!”