February 4, 2013
Flacco: Ordinary Joe off the field, extraordinary on it
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco is presented with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 4, 2013. (REUTERS)

How quickly does life return to normal for a Super Bowl MVP?

Pretty darn fast.

While waiting for a cab just before 8 a.m. Monday outside the Baltimore Ravens’ downtown hotel, who did I see walk out next to me?

Joe Flacco and family.

Ten hours after the 28-year-old capped one of the greatest post-seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, in leading his Ravens to a 34-31 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, here he was.

In jeans and runners. Unshaven. Hair a bit ruffled. Looking exhausted.


He was with wife, Dana, and clutching his eight-month-old son Stephen in one arm, baby blanket in the other. An adult male in the Flacco entourage was struggling to collapse the ^%&^*$ baby stroller, to load it into the limo.

Flacco didn’t seem to have a clue how to do it either. Just like every other average Joe.

Welcome back to the real world.

Forty-five minutes later, I asked Flacco at his morning-after news conference about hi


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