Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco Doesn’t Mind Being Hated, Likes Johnny Manziel Too
When dealing with the topic on Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, there are really three groups that come into play: Either you like Flacco, don’t like Flacco or hate Flacco. Whatever he has done to be disliked, who knows, but Flacco himself doesn’t mind, as he spoke to Jim Corbett of USA TODAY.
“Being hated is not a bad thing…. I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after [saying] this: I [didn’t] know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel. But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”
Much of that response has stemmed from the banners of Flacco’s pictures hanging in the heart of Colorado as the Ravens get ready to face off against the Denver Broncos this coming Thursday, which my colleague Dan Abeshouse discussed earlier this week. Flacco discusses the situation with Broncos fans, taking issues with a picture of himself showing up all over their towns.
“I think it’s all deserved. I don’t know if it’s deserved towards me, but I happened to be the guy they put up there,” Flacco noted in a conference call via USA TODAY.com. “I don’t think anybody here, or anyone in our city, would be too happy if we had somebody else from a different team on our stadium.”
However, Flacco mentioning Manziel of Texas A&M is interesting in terms of the similarities. As we all know, Manziel recently got himself into a major controversy withNCAA, as my colleague Steven Carollo discussed earlier this week. Both Flacco, and Manziel have gotten heat in the past for how highly they have thought of themselves, especially with Flacco famously calling himself the best quarterback in the league in 2012, and actually backing it up.
But the difference is, people know Manziel is good. People in general don’t think Flacco is good, but just a game-manager who lucked up on a Super Bowl win by playing with a good defense. I don’t know why a lot of people don’t like Flacco, but it amuses me, to some degree.
Is the dislike due to Flacco making critics look silly by winning the Super Bowl, and being the MVP of the big game as well? Who knows. But I’m glad he embraces the hate. It means the Ravens will be carrying a big chip on their shoulder this season, with a lot of critics declaring the team done after the moves they have made in the offseason.
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