Flacco talks about fatherhood, support of Special Olympics

July 21, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

For those of you who are worried that Joe Flacco might be overwhelmed and overtired after the birth of his first child, the Ravens quarterback wants you to know that he's sleeping just fine these days.

"My wife does a great job. I can't complain. Everything's pretty good," Flacco said Saturday night while appearing at a benefit for the Special Olympics of Maryland at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh. 

Flacco's wife, Dana, gave birth to their son, Stephen, on June 13. The child was named after Flacco's father.

"He's doing awesome. It's unreal," Flacco said. "It's one of the best experiences ever and it's been awesome. I had no idea. I didn't really know what I thought it would be like. Like I said, my wife is doing pretty much all the work right now. I'm just there for support whenever she needs it. I'm not really doing too much. It's just been awesome. I didn't really know what I expected, but it's been nothing but good."

Two days before he's due to report for training camp, Flacco was upbeat. He spent the night joking with fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Flacco has long been a supporter of the Special Olympics.

"Special Olympics is such a cool organization," he said. "A lot of kids come out here and give it their all. The amount of fun that they have when they go out there and do it is out of this world. That's what it's really what it's about. It's about having fun. It's about showing little kids that want to play this sport how much fun it is. And I think when you get a chance to hang around the kids that compete at this kind of thing it allows me to kind of step back for a second and realize how lucky we are to be doing what we're doing."

As much as he enjoyed the night, Flacco said he is looking forward to getting back to football. The Ravens' first full-team practice of training camp will be Thursday.

"It goes by pretty quick. It's unbelievable," said Flacco who will start his fifth professional season. "It feels like we just got done and now we're back at training camp. It's going to be an exciting year. I can't wait. I'm excited to get out there and really start getting after it and make our way toward another successful year."

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