Joe Flacco’s wife, Dana, gave birth to their second son, Daniel, just before he led the Baltimore Ravens to their 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. While Flacco and his teammates thought about pulling Coach John Harbaugh’s leg and telling him that Flacco was going to make the drive to New Jersey instead of stepping in as QB, they decided against it.
"I'm so glad he didn't do it," Harbaugh said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun. "He would have had me hook, line and sinker and in the boat. To play with that on your mind, I think obviously says a lot, and we appreciated that."
"Congratulations to Dana,” Coach Harbaugh also said. “She's getting the job done on her own out there." Uh, can we get a “hell yes” from all the moms out there?
The plan for him to go on and play the game had apparently been in the works all along, but Flacco still anxiously waited by the phone all morning for news of his son’s arrival. The talented Ravens QB got the news via spotty cell phone reception in the locker room just before hitting the field.
Although the first half of the game was scoreless for Flacco’s Ravens, they were able to come back in the second half and get the win. Ultimately, he threw for 211 yards and a touchdown.
"No doubt about it. Anytime you have a child, it's one of your best days," Flacco said. "The game didn't go exactly how we wanted it to, but that's how we've won football games around here. We're able to win like this, and sometimes you have to do it in an ugly way."
After the game, Flacco reportedly spent mere minutes at his locker before changing, getting in his truck, and making the trip to New Jersey to meet the new addition.
Many of his teammates expressed their thanks to him for sticking by them for the game.
"Even though we didn't have a great first half, he came out and he stayed with it, he stuck with it," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "That's just what we need out of Joe. Now, he can go be with little Daniel."
“We were happy for him and he just went out and played well, like Joe does,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said.
Some have taken to the online world to express their shock and disgust that he would choose football over being with his wife and newborn son. Others have made similar decisions. American Idol has even featured contestants who have made their tryouts in lieu of being in the delivery room. We suppose it’s really a question of whether the wife is on board with the decision.
What do you think about this controversial move by Flacco?